Residents of an Iraqi Kurdistan village await the violent arrival of the invading U.S Army. A young boy named Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) helps clear minefields and installs equipment that brings in news from the outside world. Meanwhile, three orphans wander aimlessly, the victims of tragic happenstance. As Saddam is removed from power, these innocent children must confront the harsh reality that awaits them. Bahman Ghobadi directs.
Netflix Rating: 3.6
In his third feature, Bahman Ghobadi, an Iranian Kurd, continues his exploration of the resilient traditions and current miseries of the Kurdish people. What makes the movie bearable -- and even occasionally, improbably bouyant -- is its tough, earthy lyricism, a trait the filmmaker seems to share with his subjects.
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Consensus: Set in Iraq after the fall of Saddam, Turtles Can Fly is being hailed as extraordinary, moving, and lyrical.