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Movies: ENGROSSED BY TRAGEDY AND HUMOUR.

Byline: BY ROZ LAWS

TURTLES CAN FLY (15)

IF you fancy something different at the cinema, this certainly fits the bill.

For a start, it's an Iran/Iraqi co-production. It takes pot-shots at Saddam Hussein's barbarity but isn't exactly kind about America either.

This movie is set on the Iraq border with Turkey, just before the most recent US invasion.

An entrepreneurial 13-year-old boy rules the roost in this village and nearby refugee camp. Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) is so-called because he hooks up TV antennas for his neighbours desperate for news of the impending war.

He also organises the local orphaned Kurdish children into collecting landmines to sell to arms dealers.

New arrivals in the village include Henkov (Hirsh Feyssal), who has lost his arms and has premonitions, his sister Agrin (Avaz Latif) and her blind son.

It sounds rather bleak and it is. But this film is also strangely engrossing, with moments of wry humour among those of high tension and tragedy.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2005
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