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Turtles can fly – [2004] – Kurdish

August 6, 2010

War always leaves a very deep wound in everybody’s heart who areΒ  part of it and also witnessing them. And if they are children??? the wounds will never heal. ‘Turtles can fly’ is the film on 4 children who live near the Iraq – Turkey border just before the US – Iraq war.

Film opens with a little girl named Agrin ready to jump off the cliff. A boy named ‘Satellite’ more because of his knowledge about the antennas and satellites was the most sought after and respected in the refugee camp among the elder and younger. Elders, for his knowledge in English which is required to know about the war news. Youngers, for his leadership skills and he is the one who gets job in landmines for them. He also negotiates very well with the land owners for payment.

Agrin and his brother Henkov comes to that refugee camp with a toddler. Satellite falls for Agrin and does helps her voluntarily. He even saves the life of the toddler just because he is with her but loses one of his legs while saving him.

Even though disabled without any arms, Henkov has a special ability to foresee the future. While Agrin wants to leave the child there and move somewhere, Henkov doesn’t agree with that. While we start hating Agrin for her inhuman nature, flashback was shown with a little Agrin was struggling against few military men whom unleashing themselves on Agrin with sexual desire. Henkov tries to stop them. But his efforts goes in vain. From this, the moves to a devastating climax leaving ourselves stunned.

The children acted in this movie has given some brilliant performances. The film portrays the tension and expectation among the people in Iraq about the war. Our heart pulses raises when we children involving themselves in the dangerous work of removing the landmines. While some gets injured, other continue as it is the only job they can get some money. Also the weapons are being sold like eatables in Iraq with Satellites and his friends goes buys the armories easily.

When we come to know the kid Agrin carries with her was hers, we can feel how the girls and women were brutalized and the first to be at the receiving end of violence in case of war. Its sad and heart-wrenching.



18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2010 8:36 am

    Great review of the film, Kanagu! I watched the trailer- the reality of war and the effect it has on the children is brought out effectively even in this short clip. Such a sad situation- these young children caught in the middle of a war!

    kanagu: Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ whoever was in the war are to be sympathized… its a real bad thing to be there… 😦 😦 more than that the happening of it 😦

  2. August 7, 2010 8:51 am

    Oh God, how cruel wars are…sometimes I avoid movies like these – I cannot handle the emotional pain, it lasts for a long time, with me.

    kanagu: hmmm… It strikes us 😦 😦

    Good review, as usual Kanagu. You bought the DVD ????

    kanagu: Thank you.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I bought it.. but not an original one…

  3. August 7, 2010 10:57 am

    Kanagu, once again kalakkeeteengey !!! Heard a lot about this movie ! Its great to know that you are taking initiatives in watching foreign movies.

    kanagu: Thanks bro πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    You should start attending film festivals; Aarti goes, you shouls ask her ! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: I am yet to watch them frequently.. but I wish to attend film festivals… let me check with her.. πŸ™‚

  4. August 7, 2010 7:43 pm

    It is a sad,devastating reality that people face in warring places around the world ! So saddened to read this! 😦

    kanagu: true Indy.. 😦 😦 Not only war.. every kind of action against human’s life is devastating..

  5. August 7, 2010 10:03 pm

    where do u watch these movies? On world movies?

    kanagu: No Reema.. I buy DVDs.. yet to give Dish TV connection in my home.. like to do soon πŸ™‚

    nice review but I stay away from such distressing movies.

    kanagu: Thanks Reema.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ sometime its better…

  6. August 8, 2010 9:24 am

    Thanks for the review.

    kanagu: Thanks Sir πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I will try to watch the movie, but I can watch it only if it’s on TV and only if and when Vicky and Joy aren’t hogging up the living room sofa and tv. With them around all you get to watch is 9xm, mtv, or ftv! These young men of today, I guess won’t comprehend anything beyond a Mr. Bean movie.

    kanagu: ha ha ha πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ your boys seems to like to have lot of fun.. its good sir, until it doesn’t affects anybody πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    (I am not counting you in beta, you appear to be a man with some serious interests in life.)
    -Gorakh Nath.

    kanagu: I am also fun loving guys Sir.. just that something in my mind tells me there is more to do.. but I am yet to start.. 😦 😦

  7. August 8, 2010 5:09 pm

    The review is good, Kanagu.

    kanagu: Thank you… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Felt sad after seeing the video. Why the children should go through this punishment, only god knows.

    kanagu: Everybody gets affected.. not only children.. but the innocence of children will get lost 😦 😦

  8. August 8, 2010 5:54 pm

    excellent review

  9. August 9, 2010 12:05 am

    Hey…nice re. You are getting really good at this πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks Ash.. but ‘THIS’ means the tear jerker movies πŸ™„ πŸ™„

    Film sounds really interesting…should give it a shot!

    kanagu: Watch it and let me know whether you liked it…

  10. August 9, 2010 12:18 am

    Great review. I have seen the trailer and its very impressive πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks Harini πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. August 9, 2010 10:34 am

    wow.. what a movie.. so moving…wars are always cruel.
    Thanks for the lovely review.. will try and watch this one as well πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks Pixie πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Watch it πŸ™‚

  12. August 9, 2010 11:10 am

    Nice review Kanagu.. you are watching good foreign movies too.. A very sad tale 😦

    kanagu: thanks AK πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ yes it is.. very sad 😦

  13. Swaram permalink
    August 9, 2010 1:39 pm

    Oh dear! That li’l girl and a kid 😦 Thatz soo sad 😦
    Sigh! What does these wars give us other than loss and pain. Wish ppl who start them understand 😦
    U watch some really interesting movies Kanagu πŸ™‚

    kanagu: True Swaram.. Me too wish the people understand and be back to more saner ways.. sigh…

  14. August 9, 2010 4:54 pm

    I loved this movie…The performance of each of the kids is so moving..Esp, satellite..
    The devotion the other kids have toward satellite, and satellite’s own love to bring war news to his people..its all so very cute…

    kanagu: True.. that little boy crying profusely watching Satellite injured and he, himself likes to go to save little child are heart touching scenes…

    One heart wrenching thing was seeing the kids without arms or legs having lost on their jobs in finding live mines…

    The climax left me speechless…

    kanagu: For me too.. I felt that emptiness 😦

    grt review Kanags!!

    kanagu: Thanks Uncanny πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. August 9, 2010 5:55 pm

    Yeah. I’ve seen this movie. It’s such a heart-wrenching movie. How much a war can do to change the destiny of the children! If you are interested, you can watch it online here

    kanagu: Welcome hetre Anu πŸ™‚ it affects everybody 😦 😦

  16. August 10, 2010 3:09 am

    OMG !
    What a movie .. I think I’ll watch it some time when I am really happy
    Thanks Kanagu for this share

    kanagu: U r welcome Deepa πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ hope you like it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  17. August 10, 2010 8:39 am

    interesting film dude πŸ˜›

    kanagu: thanks machi πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. August 15, 2010 3:06 am

    It’s indeed a fine movie. I loved Soran Ebrahim, the boy who played Satellite. Out of all the Bahman Ghobadi movies I have watched, this one definitely made me cry.

    That scene where Satellite goes to buy ammunition as if like we go to the vegetable market was done so beautifully. It was both shocking and at teh same time showed how normal it is for someone who lives that life daily.

    It ripped my heart apart when the little girl was shown being assaulted. Great review and I hope you get to watch more foreign movies.

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