directed by Panahi & written by Abbas Kiarostami – what a team! begins with a terrible crime, then proceeds to bring the viewer into the world of a downtrodden pizza delivery man. few films have explicated as well as this has the atmosphere of shame, alienation, primal disillusionment & quietly suffocating desperation which exists upon society’s margins & out of which much crime is born. a classic of humanist cinema.
Amongst my favourite films shot in Tehran. The movie begins its tale at the onset of the final act, and then writer Kiarostami and director Panahi retreat to give us a glimpse into the week leading up to the robbery.
Astonishing first sequence. Best bank robbery i have seen to date. More suggested than actually shown (most of the action is outside the scope, the sound and the eyes of the third guy - the watchman - made for it). Locked behind the bars with the main characters, the spectator feels he is condemned as well. Unforgettable opening !
Thematically similar to Kurosawa's "High and Low" and Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" but the main character's intentions are so vague that it casts a veil of mystery and tension enough to drive the story full circle. This is the first Panahi film I've had the chance to watch. I'm surprised of how openly critical he is compared to his good friend Kiarostami.
"Crimson Gold" is not an easy film to watch and it is by no means perfect. However,it is a film that will leave you with many questions,not just about life in Iran,but elsewhere in the world.Hussein is a pizza delivery man,with mental issues,brought on by his war experiences.In his job he witness's the social divide and the way the Authorities treat people differently.When a shopkeeper looks down on him.He snaps!
Como en otros filmes de Panahi, una trama es excusa para emprender una crítica social, en esta ocasión al establishment iraní y su proceso de coacción, uno que reprime la libertad de una sociedad perseguida y desencantada. En un genial fragmento, el protagonista coincide con un Woody Allen iraní, neurótico, enfermo por ese contexto que lo rodea, además de su lío amoroso. Lo resto, no deja de compenetrar y conmover.