Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran—searching for someone to rescue or bury him. Criterion is proud to present the DVD premiere of Taste of Cherry in a beautiful widescreen transfer. —The Criterion Collection
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30. Since then he has made many movies and has become one of the most important figures in contemporary Iranian film. He is also a major figure in the arts world, and has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his photography, short films and poetry. He is an iconic figure for what he has done, and he has achieved it all by believing in the arts and the creativity of his mind. —World Cinema Foundation
I slept only three hours the night before and it was raining and foggy, so by the time I went to the theater I was ready to doze off and this film was like a lullaby.
Another side of Iran: the solidarity - rather, the solitude - of labour - street hustlers, rag-pickers, war migrants; destined to poverty, all - and a lone taxi driver, and his final journey towards an escape, towards nirvana. While sound a portrait, it in turn foregoes the class diversities that made Through the Olive Trees prior so dynamic; emerging more synonymous with Kiarostami’s Ten, in both unified setting and commune, while its parting foray into the realm of meta harks back to that of Jodorowsky’s own danse macabre in The Holy Mountain.
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If a man drove up to me in a range rover and asked me if I wanted to make a lot of money for 10 minutes worth of work, I would probably tell my wife that someone thought I was a male-prostitute. Taste… read review
I watched it late at night and I fell asleep halfway. I kept dreaming about it… well not ABOUT it, but my dreams were tinged with the same kind of mood/atmosphere/feel/pacing. Then I woke up at like… read review