Overall Rank: 1964
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 20
Theatrical Release Date: 02/18/2005
Genre: Drama, War
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Actors: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman, Abdol Rahman Karim, Ajil Zibari
Plot: Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.
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Allison - wrote on 08/01/2008
I was impressed by the kid that spoke English, but other than that it was just some anti-American movie.
Bluesoul - wrote on 09/19/2007
This was such a moving and wonderful (albeit also sad) movie, beyond any expectations i had before seeing it. The children were a very young and natural bunch, the acting felt very real and close to what reality is like. Some gorgeous shots, cinematography and a great story. One of the finest movies i've seen in the last few years, easily surpassing many other overhyped festival and academy winners from the "west". It's a shame most people never will get the opportunity or will to see this, just because its a Kurdish/Iraqi/Iranian movie. Movies like these deserve to be shown widely and be offered among the usual popcorn production. They are in no way inferior to any bigger productions from the major cinematical countries.
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Rich - wrote on 09/19/2011
What a uniquely poignant story done with inspiring film-making! This is the first movie filmed in Iraq since Saddam Hussein took over in 1979. You need to understand that all the children in this film are real refugees, many of whom are disfigured. No Hollywood child actor, even with the best special effects, could successfully recreate the scene where one boy pretends his dangling stump of a leg is a machine gun. Also, the cast created the sets themselves with only limited local resources. This all helps give a more personal, realism to the movie which has a documentary-like feel. The story focuses on the lives of a group of refugee children living along the Iraqi-Turkish border right before the American invasion in 2003. Though overall their situation is terribly depressing, the story …
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