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A Moment of Innocence

Nun va Goldoon

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran, France, 1996
  • Persian
  • English


Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf was an anti-Shah radical during his teenage years before the Islamic Revolution, landing in jail after an incident with a police officer that left both wounded. Two decades later, Makhmalbaf re-creates this incident on screen with the with the help of the same officer.

Our take

Shaping 90s Iranian cinema—alongside Abbas Kiarostami & Jafar Panahi—Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s greatest film is a profound work of hybrid filmmaking. Recreating his own violent encounter with police, this meta-narrative offers up a political and personal work of reflection. Hand-picked by Miko Revereza.

A Moment of Innocence Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Every bit as richly complex and slyly self-aware as the more widely celebrated (in the West) films of Abbas Kiarostami, A Moment of Innocence is a dizzying hybrid of autobiography and mythology, in which Makhmalbaf takes the worst moment of his life and boldly reimagines it as a testament to our innate decency and capacity for love. If the final freeze-frame doesn’t swell your heart to bursting, consider an emergency cardiogram.
October 11, 2012
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In his most complex yet airiest film, Makhmalbaf’s fatalistic fervor is tempered with Kiarostamian delicacy and the labyrinthine yoke becomes light as cotton.
September 25, 2010
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“To recapture my youth with the camera,” Makhmalbaf tells us. But the camera lies. And Makhmalbaf wants us to know that it lies, and to implicate himself in the act of lying. The attentive viewer realizes early on that the documentary feel of the film is a façade.
July 02, 2009
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