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Turtles Can Fly

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Source: Catholic News Service

Quietly powerful drama set in Kurdistan on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which follows the shattered lives of three orphaned children: a hustling street urchin (Soran Ebrahim) who runs a business installing satellite dishes and clearing fields of land mines, an armless boy (Hirsh Feyssal) who may be clairvoyant, and his sad-eyed sister (a haunting Avaz Latif), traumatized by an unspeakable crime which robbed her of her innocence and will to live. Putting a human face on "collateral damage," director Bahman Ghobadi elicits strong performances from his three nonprofessional leads, and the film, shot entirely in a refugee camp on the Turkish-Iraqi border, serves as a grim but compelling meditation on the obscenity of war, told through the eyes of its most vulnerable victims. Subtitles. War violence, an implied rape of a minor, a murder of a child (with extenuating circumstances), a suicide, and recurring disturbing images of maimed children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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