Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but ...
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Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but instead agrees to be stationed in a small valley, at the very borders of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. It is a lawless territory, right at the heart of illegal drug, medication and alcohol trafficking. Having arrived in the small village, he refuses to bow down to Aga Azzi, the seriously corrupt tribal chief and absolute ruler of the area. Baran meets Govend, the village school teacher, who is also rejected by the villagers. Like Baran, she represents another law, that of the young and autonomous Kurdish state. Govend is all the more vulnerable as she is not a married woman.Written by
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You're too brave to accept this.
No one wanted this village. And the children here, they needed education. I like it here. I like the children.
No one forced you.
No. I always wanted to study till I was 26. And now, I feel too old for here.
How old are you?
28. But I got one thing. If you're not married at this age, people think there's something wrong with you.
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beautiful movie which failed to find an equilibrium
The idea and story are good. The landscape tells a lot itself. Movie starts very promising, especially when the old mum is presenting potential brides :) The role of woman is also depicted very well. She was empowered by her family and made her own choice to work where she feels needed.
Movie overall is beautiful and is worth to watch. But the tools used to reveal the characters are too western. I did not meet my expectations of seeing anything about brave Kurds, about their moral codex, love and war. To me, director failed to find a equilibrium between grotesque (first part of movie) and Kurds' traditions.
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