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Baghdad Messi (2012)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Sport | 4 April 2013 (Belgium)
Iraq, 2009. Little Hamoudi (10) is totally obsessed with football. Just as the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali Raad Al-Zaydawi Ali Raad Al-Zaydawi ... Hamoudi
Hayder Helo Hayder Helo ... Father
Noor Al-Hoda Noor Al-Hoda ... Mother
Abdulaziz Mohamed Abdulaziz Mohamed ... Yakoub
Amir Yousef Amir Yousef ... Ali
Majid Hameed Majid Hameed ... Jassim
Mahir Abdullah Mahir Abdullah ... Madhi
Naima Abdo Naima Abdo ... Woman at village
Raad Said Raad Said ... owner TV room
Wail Fishkhaboury Wail Fishkhaboury ... owner TV shop
Mohamed Khalil Mohamed Khalil ... Owner tea room
Khalid Fishkhaboury Khalid Fishkhaboury ... Customer tea room
Harsel Fishkhaboury Harsel Fishkhaboury ... Dead man in Baghdad
Serkaut Mustafa Serkaut Mustafa ... Shooter in Baghdad
Raad Baghdady Raad Baghdady ... Shooter in Baghdad


Iraq, 2009. Little Hamoudi (10) is totally obsessed with football. Just as the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC Barcelona-Manchester United. The long awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi's television breaks down... Written by Kobe Van Steenberghe

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28 June 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

A war film. The war being a shadow. A boy with one leg. Accepted by the other kids only for TV set in good state. The passion for soccer. And the way, with his father, to Baghdad, for repair the TV set. A simple, cold film, in which the details are the most significant thing. The cruelty of kids, the father sacrifice, the final dialogue between Hamoud and his mother, the Messi image as hero like, the TV set owner and his virulent reaction to a childish joke. And the cinematography. A dark film. About structure of the near reality.

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