TURTLES CAN FLY (Bahman Ghobadi, 2004)

Children in a time of war: Turtles Can Fly—Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand—takes on a great theme, with mixed results. The film is by writer-director Bahman Ghobadi, an Iranian Kurd, who made A Time for Drunken Horses (Zamani barayé masti asbha, 2000) and Marooned in Iraq (Gomgashtei dar Aragh, 2002), the first film to be shown […]

LA GUERRE EST FINIE (Alain Resnais, 1966)

Yves Montand, in perhaps his finest performance, brings weary humanity to the role of Carlos Diego, a “full-time revolutionary,” part of Spain’s dedicated underground anti-Franco network. The Spanish Civil War, which replaced Spain’s democracy with fascism, ended a quarter-century ago.      It is a life of constant danger in a “landscape of self-exile.” Crossing the border […]