Caveh is a neurotic film student who has recently begun therapy. His therapist tells him that his biggest problem is that he sees everything in black and white and that what he needs to do is to learn to dwell with uncertainty. Caveh is nothing if not sincere and so he resolves to try his best to change. He meets Erin, an art student, in an elevator and feels immediately attracted to her. But instead of engaging in his usual “kamikaze” tactics, he decides to try to “not push her”. He pursues this tactic to the point of near absurdity and finds himself increasingly befuddled and in pain. But a pattern starts to emerge; every time he is about to give up, some hope-inducing thing happens which sets the wheels of courtship in motion again. But her attitude is consistently and bafflingly inscrutable. A rival appears and then disappears. What does it all mean? Caveh wants to know, but keeps hitting his head against the same wall. Finally he abandons his therapist’s advice and follows his own intuition. He doesn’t get what he was hoping for, but gets something more precious and ultimately far more real. —IMDb
Caveh Zahedi (born on April 29, 1960) is an American film director and actor of Iranian descent.
Zahedi was born in Washington, D.C., to Iranian immigrant parents. He studied philosophy at Yale University. Upon graduation, Zahedi moved to Paris, France to find funding for his films, but failed to interest any French producers in his projects about Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Eadweard Muybridge. He also estranged himself from his idol, Jean-Luc Godard, after calling him at 3 a.m. He also produced an experimental music video of a Talking Heads song, which was rejected by David Byrne.
Zahedi subsequently returned to Los Angeles to attend UCLA film school. In the UCLA graduate program he completed his first feature film, A Little Stiff (1991), with fellow student Greg Watkins. The film was an experimental narrative in which he re‑enacted his unrequited love for a UCLA art student, using real-life participants. A Little Stiff… read more
It's amazing that everyone I follow gave it all fives. One of those unique films that works more like a mirror than a window.
I laughed throughout this film, all the way to the final scene and thought "What a funny film this is!". Then as soon as the credits came up it hit me, I suddenly I realised how sad it actually was. As you watch it you dwell on the simple and comically genius escapades Caveh' goes on, yet on relfection its emotionally complicated and heart breaking. I'm embarrassed its taken me so long to see this.
Is it a romantic film or anti-romantic? Well, you couldn't fit his movies into a genre. His are simply about life, of a boy of a girl of a man, with their dream, weird love life, mumbling on the bed, or talking mundane thing about a Queen Bee. Simply touching and hilarious at the same time....definitely one of the best movie about a guy chasing a girl in the last...errrr...20 years?