Half Moon Synopsis
An elderly Kurd musician sets out on a road trip to perform his first concert in 35 years.
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region’s tragic lunacies.
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80

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Fateful and funny, haunting and magical.
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80

Los Angeles Times

An eloquent and audacious lament.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
By terms moving and funny, the story reaches its apex when Half Moon, a beautiful young woman played by Golshifteh Farahani, makes her...
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
In a boom time for movies about the scars of the battlefield, Half Moon reminds that the unending strife and religious fundamentalism of...
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70

Chicago Reader

By Andrea Gronvall
The suspicion and contempt the band encounters along the way symbolize the Kurds' historical sufferings, but the movie has many comic...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Ghobadi always uses non-pro actors but you would never know. In fact, professionals wouldn't do theses roles justice since the recruited...
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70

Village Voice

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Writer-director Bahman Ghobadi's picturesque road trip is less about preserving a musical heritage than accepting one's fate, a mythic trek...
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is a road movie unlike any other, the comical and mystical odyssey of old Mamo (an extraordinary performance by Ismail Ghaffari), a...
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Rated NR