I love this because it's like a commitment to connoisseurship: The *specific* pleasure of love in Iran - as if it were an episode of some Love Around the World serial travelogue... And in Iran, it's that the architecture seems to give you overwhelming, even indisputable, permission to abandon yourself to sensuality, i.e. that place between the sacred and the profane. Very 70s. Would've loved to've seen that Iran.
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."
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.
Erotic short from Varda equally interested in vocalizing sexuality between the sexes and in the erotism in persian art and architecture. INTERESTING in that being shot in 1976 it was before the so-called cultural revolution. Same film couln't have been made just 3 years later. Varda a genius even in a film of just 6 minutes.