An amazing film about resistance framed through a version of a road trip. Shahram Alidi and his DoP Turaj Aslani have an exquisite gift for imagery, making me gasp and stare in awe several times throughout the film. The moments of humor were exquisite, and I couldn't have conceived of a more perfect ending to this film.
This was such a great reminder of why film matters, and why I am utterly in love with it.
Alidi's debut though made on what seems a very limited budget is able to transcend those limitations and capture the determination, melancholy and survival of the Kurdish people during the Iran/Iraq war. The power of a simple message; a piece of music; a baby's cry, is evident in the soulful reminder of why they survive.
See, this is exactly why I come to Mubi for my movies, not only do they show profoundly poetic films like this one, but the reviews/ratings actually reflect the quality of the film. Go on to IMDB and it's only rated 7.1... seriously?!?!?
I'm so in love with it! This story is unexpectedly beautiful, deeply poetic and so well directed. An old man wandering all across Iraq's villages with his radio to deliver recorded messages of love, resistance and hope. It's an incredible, deeply touching, enchanting road trip. The end is just perfect, a veritable hymn to life. Great moments of images poetry. Alidi, please, give me more! Lacan would've said: encore.
We follow the adventures of a dedicated courier who's travels tell the sad story of the hard life for the Kurdish people eking out an existence while under constant harassment and attack from Saddam's forces. While technically flawed the film is a stunning insight to the harshness of life for the Kurdish people. It's not all doom and gloom as our hero partakes in music and prayer on his journeys. Essential viewing.
Reality meets the surreal in this film, many scenes are really comic, they make us laugh, however it is a bitter comedy considering the political situation depicted. The film never gives up hope, even in the most desperate circumstances, like for example the poetic and eloquent closing scene, it doesn't need much to open up the horizon of the Kurd people.