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Shot in stark black and white, this Iranian feature revisits the Iran-Iraq war from the perspective of three Iranians—a hotheaded 18-year-old soldier, an older officer, and a grizzled driver—as they transport a busload of captured Iraqis through a no-man's-land. Director Kiumars Pourahmad seems to blame both regimes for the conflict, though the most villainous character, a fanatical Ba'athist, is a clear stand-in for Saddam Hussein. The pointlessness of the carnage is underscored by the kinship between the Iranians and their prisoners, and in a novel twist, most of the latter are Arabs from other countries who were guest workers in Iraq when they were conscripted. Women appear only at the end, as a reminder of how future generations are haunted by war. In Farsi with subtitles. 88 min.

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