How to talk about love while staring at the mosque or talk about architecture when in bed. This short is a sort of a variation on the relationship between Pomme and Ali Darius from Agnès Varda’s One Sings The Other Doesn’t.
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An exploration of sexuality within the confines of a traditional society. I enjoy Varda's curiosity and meandering camera, but this short film teeters dangerously close to commodifying Iran. Edward Said refers to this Western scholarly/artistic tendency more generally in his seminal text "Orientalism."
I was quite fond of the final line: "A most titillating place for lovers, even if they are characters in a film."
varda invesigates almost everything in her cinema, and in this she looks at the sexuality in cinema, in images and how they can seduce. also it reminded me of marienbad, with many of the shots. and looked like it was a work only this member of the rive gauche could make. even in shorts, varda is a genius.
Sometimes in beautiful architecture we are thinking about sex, and sometimes in sex we think about architecture. Sometimes we construct monuments in lieu of love and sometimes we write poems on toilet paper.
Lack of French understanding (and no subs) led me to be a bit confused at what they are saying. But the gist of two people from different worlds in love somewhere as breathtaking as this mosque in Esfahan needs no explanation. The artwork, architecture and beautiful exotic shots are fully realised. Short and sweet, an eastern delight.