Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha ham paraz mikonand)
Directed by Bhaman Ghobi
This film is set just before the US-led invasion of Iraq. It was filmed in a Kurdish village that has become a refugee camp. The only means of support for most of the children is to clear mines and sell them.
They scrounge enough scrap to buy the village a satellite dish, in an attempt to get some clues to their uncertain future.
Despite the stoicism and courage the refugee children display, this film is not so much about the triumph of the human spirit as about its breaking point.
Million Dollar Baby
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood takes what appears to be a conventional boxing melodrama plot, about a crusty old trainer whose heart is melted by a young fighter, and turns it into a glowing, sombre meditation on friendship, ambition and death.
This is a very engaging and slow paced film with great performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. And it’s much more than a boxing movie.
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