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At the Turkish-Iraqi border in the days before the 2003 American invasion, a 13-year-old Kurd convinces his village elders to install a satellite dish to pick up news of the coming conflict. Meanwhile he pursues a romance with a suicidal young girl whose brother has lost both arms to a land mine. It's hard not to be moved by this tale of children and war—but that doesn't stop Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, Marooned in Iraq) from laying on the stirring music and centering much of the action on an adorable cross-eyed orphan toddler. Still, there's no denying his talent for suspense or his ability to get riveting performances from nonprofessionals. In Kurdish with subtitles. PG-13, 95 min.

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