Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. —IMDb
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
This is a beautifully shot film with some of the best cinematography I have seen! Abbas Kiarostami constructed a really fascinating world and supremely observes it. Simply Stunning!
"Prefer the present to these fine promises (of heaven), because even a drum sounds melodious from afar"
The long, wide shots of vast expanses - bursting with colour, seldom cutting hurriedly - can be seen as symbolic of the distances - cultural, physical - between the rural and urban, as embodied in its visiting city-dweller (in mirror reflection to Majidi’s Song of Sparrows) - as well as the vitality and lifestyle beneath the preserved ancestral norms that see unwitting perturbment on his part. Its wandering nature is then but apropos of the setting; its didactic dialogues, apropos of the culture; its abounding images, the geography.
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