The film is a semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf’s experience as a teenager when, as a seventeen-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally and was jailed. Two decades later, Makhmalbaf made the decision to track down the policeman whom he had injured in an attempt to make amends. A Moment of Innocence is a dramatization of that real event. —Wikipedia
One of the most popular and influential Iranian filmmakers of his era, Mohsen Makhmalbaf was born in Teheran on May 29, 1957. As a working-class teen, he became involved with a militant terrorist group battling against the Shah’s regime, and at the age of 17, he was sentenced to die after stabbing a policeman. Ultimately, his youth allowed him to escape the fate of a firing squad, and after serving only five years of his sentence, he was freed in the wake of the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution. After his release, Makhmalbaf helped establish an artists’ group known as the Islamic Propagation Organization, and he became a prolific writer of plays, essays, short stories, and finally screenplays.
His first filmed script was 1981’s The Explanation, and he directed his first feature, Nassouh’s Repentance, the following year. Throughout the remainder of the decade, he wrote and directed roughly one film a year, each wildly different in style and content. Among his other early works were… read more
It's one of the most original movies I've seen. I was reminded of the way documentary and re-enactment are mixed in Kiarostami's Close Up so that you never know to what extent what you're watching is staged. And Makhmalbaf plays himself in that movie, so I wouldn't be surprised if he and Kiarostami threw tons of ideas off of each other.
This is the best self-reflexive movie I’ve ever seen, eclipsing slightly even 8 1/2 (also one of my favorites) and Close-Up (which Makhmalbaf appears in as an actor)—it is able to talk about the act… read review