Avaz Latif

Avaz Latif

Avaz Latif Quick Links

Film RSS

Turtles Can Fly Review


Excellent
It's March 2003 in Northern Iraq, and 13-year-old orphanSoran (Soran Ebrahim) is thoroughly enjoying the sway he holds among hisneighboring cluster of Kurdish villages as the only local who knows howto acquire and install satellite dishes to bring news (which he also pretendsto translate) of the impending American invasion.

Known to everyone by the nickname "Satellite,"the boy has a curiously endearing cockiness that only partially masks thekind of youthful angst that's unavoidable for a kid with crooked teethand cockeyed glasses. He's strong-willed and industrious -- employing andsupporting the village children, whom he enjoys bossing around as they digup and dismantle land mines to sell in the underground arms market. Butultimately he's still 13 years old, which is why he becomes obsessed witha quiet, outwardly impassive, inwardly haunted orphan girl from the refugeecamp that has sprung up nearby.

The third feature by Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi ("Maroonedin Iraq," "A Time for Drunken Horses"), "Turtles CanFly" is a tragic yet bittersweet, simple yet spellbinding slice oflife's uncertainty. Set in a rugged, wind-swept desert mountain regionwhere the coming war is only the latest challenge to Kurdish fortitude,the film envelops you completely in Satellite's scrappy existence amongtent villages, mud houses, rusted-out tank wreckage and scrap-metal artilleryshells.

But even more significantly, it captures the war-tornpsyches of its young characters -- none more so than the girl Satelliteclumsily woos (Avaz Latif), who is led toward catastrophe by traumatizingflashbacks of an Iraqi attack on her village that left her emotionallyscarred, left her seemingly clairvoyant brother without arms, and saddledthem both with caring for a half-blind 3-year-old.

Continue reading: Turtles Can Fly Review

Avaz Latif

Avaz Latif Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

The Lumineers - Walls Audio

The Lumineers - Walls Audio

The Lumineers honour their friend and hero Tom Petty with a sensational cover of his 1996 song 'Walls' from the 'She's the One' soundtrack.

Olly Murs - Moves ft. Snoop Dogg Video

Olly Murs - Moves ft. Snoop Dogg Video

Watch Olly Murs get his nerd on as he blags his way into an exclusive Snoop Dogg party (where Rowan Atkinson is the bartender) in the video for their...

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

From 'Happy' to 'Banana Pancakes', these are soaked in positivity.

Mariah Carey - With You Video

Mariah Carey - With You Video

Mariah Carey is the picture of glamour in the black and white video for her brand new single 'With You'. It's the lead single from her forthcoming...

Advertisement
Eminem - Venom Video

Eminem - Venom Video

Eminem draws attention to the negative response his 2017 album 'Revival' received in the video for his latest song 'Venom'; a song recorded for the...

Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

With the recent release of her third, very well received album 'Hunter' just behind her, Anna had plenty of relatively new songs to showcase.

Billie Eilish - When The Party's Over Audio

Billie Eilish - When The Party's Over Audio

Up and coming LA singer-songwriter Billie Eilish has unveiled her fourth single of the year, 'When the Party's Over'.

John Grant - Love Is Magic Album Review

John Grant - Love Is Magic Album Review

The quality of the back-catalogue of the once-upon-a-time Czar, John Grant, is building to be the one of the most impressive set of albums released...

Advertisement

Avaz Latif Movies

Turtles Can Fly Movie Review

Turtles Can Fly Movie Review

It's March 2003 in Northern Iraq, and 13-year-old orphanSoran (Soran Ebrahim) is thoroughly enjoying the...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.