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Turtles Can Fly [2005] [DVD]

Avaz Latif , Soran Ebrahim , Bahman Ghobadi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Avaz Latif, Soran Ebrahim, Hiresh Feysal Rahman
  • Directors: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Subtitled, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Drakes Avenue
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C2ZWAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This rich and touching story is set in the village and refugee camp of Kanibo, near Arbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, immediately before the beginning of the second Gulf War in March 2003. We begin with a shot of a young teenage girl standing on a cliff-edge contemplating jumping. We then cut to her throwing an object into a pond. What is the significance of this action? Our curiosity is immediately aroused.

Using non-professional actors, Bahman Ghobadi, who has worked for Abbas Kiorostami, has produced a film that tells a warm but poignant tale of life in this corner of a war-torn country. The girl is called Agrin. She's new to the camp. Her parents are dead, killed by Saddam's forces. She has a brother called Hengao. He has no arms, but gives a mean headbutt to those who annoy him. He's also got the gift of prophecy. Agrin also has a son called Riga. He's a toddler; he's also blind. In these circumstances, who can blame her if life sometimes appears lacking in hope?

But in the refugee camp lives young Kak Satellite; his name derives from his technical ability in installing satellite dishes in all the surrounding villages. With his expert technical knowledge, his glasses, and his crazily-festooned bicycle, he comes across as a bit of a geek. But all the local children look up to him, mainly because he organises work for them clearing mines and selling the materials. He's like an honest and ever-resourceful Artful Dodger. He's also resiliently self-confident, addressing his small minions through a loudspeaker. Oh yeah, and he's also got the hots for Agrin.

Satellite gives the impression to all and sundry that he can speak fluent English, but it soon becomes clear that this is a sham.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE !!! 14 Mar 2006
By Sammy
Format:DVD
This is the first film made in Iraq after the fall of Saddam.
Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi showed in his previous movie 'A Time for Drunken Horses' that he is a natural when it comes to showing the tough adult world the children try to survive. In this movie, Kurdish orphans (most of them are mutilated) try to hold to whatever is left, in their case landmines. They dig the landmines and sell them for food.
The children’s leader is a thirteen-year-old Satellite who is trying to seek a satellite dish antenna for the village in order to find out what is going to happen to them. Coming from a neighbouring village Henkov, a mutilated boy, with his younger sister and her child born of rape by one of Saddam’s officers. Satellite has a crush on the sister not realising she is contemplating suicide.
Bahman Ghobadi is not trying to say ‘save the children’ or ‘feel sorry for them’; he is just telling the story of reality, the children are the truest victims of war.
Thanks to the children, this is a film that encapsulates a spectrum of emotions - from humour to horror.
It’s a definite must see!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried while watching "Turtles Can Fly" 9 May 2009
By H. Ali
Format:DVD
I hated the world today while I was watching this film, not because of the sad scenes from the movies but from the memory of my own from earlly 1980s'. I was just a child when I had lessons from my parents of how to protect my self from chemical gass, mines..etc. I didn't understand any of it, didn't know why we were scared, because I was just little boy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful heart breaking drama 22 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a heart breaking film about Kurdish orphans in refugee camps in Iraq under Saddam Hussain. They survive by collecting land mines from minefields and by selling them.

Their dignity and determination is uplifting but the atrocities they suffered are so upsetting. Weeks after watching it I can't forget.

It is a film that I recommend because as well as being a powerful drama it tells a bit of the story about the suffering endured by the Kurdish People.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits you to the bone! 12 Sep 2006
By tc61
Format:DVD
Great film. Takes a while for you to warm to the characters. Soon you are rooting for these misfits to survive in a brutal world. Touches you incredibly if you have kids of your own. You need to be tough to watch this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astonishing; challenging; profound film 20 April 2011
By Pubble
Format:DVD
This film took me by surprise as I had grabbed it for the whimsical title and was taken into a world of brutal truths and incredible performances. I think everyone should watch this film and see how some people are forced to live - and how we often force others to live through our often thoughtless and blind political decisions. The storyline is compassionate and matter of fact; not self indulgent or selfpitying, yet full of brutal realities which shake us to the core. The storyline is gripping, the style very real; yet what stands out so much is the naturelness of the acting and the incredible performances from everyone - especially the children. Wow! A must-see film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets! 21 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
Turtles can fly illustrates the aftermath of war. It is a fascinating combination of irony, humour, romance and adventure.
This film is real cinema, real children not actors, portraying a reality that we rarely see on our screens, it manages all of the above without showing any graphic images.
Words are not enough, you have to see it for yourself!
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