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A Moment of Innocence

Nun va Goldoon

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran, France, 1996


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.

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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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