Turtles Can Fly Review

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Combining absurdist humour with poignant realism, Bahman Ghobadi's unflinching lament for lost youth paints a stark picture of life on the Turkish border in the months following the attack on Saddam Hussein.


Despite the fact that Kurdish teenager Soran Ebrahim and his scampish cohorts make a living collecting landmines, Ghobadi still manages to infuse some optimism into this desperate situation through Ebrahim's cocky ducking and diving and his devotion to timid refugee Avaz Latif. Award-winning cinematographer Shahram Assadi transforms the war zone into a land of macabre opportunity.

A film which leaves you despondent and inspired in equal measure by the folly of the world and the indomitability of its most disadvantaged peoples.