This is a heartbreaking and intimate film about a man who just wants to end his life but finds that the kindness of strangers may just be enough to change his mind even if it is already made up. Pure cinema.
Life/death, Maybe man's greatest dilemma or temptation, and this may well be one of the best on that. Although I have interest in other forms, this was one of the most important films in my early formative years, where I was questioning life in an existential way, and contemplating suicide in that light; to the endless years of viewing suicide as the inevitable end, because of life's miserable emptiness. RIP Abbas.
I have a hard time seeing how anyone can find this film boring when it has such a rich representation of humanity and I found the meta-ending to be one of the best example of breaking the fourth wall and a sly critique of the nature of cinema and the advantages afforded by video. The reason I can't quite refer to this as a Masterpiece is that I stopped thinking about shortly after seeing and didn't linger in my mind.
Enthralling film. Apparently simple yet thematically complex. Kiarostami masterfully captures Iranian life in a most realistic and sincere way. Everything that appears on the screen has its own meaning. I truly feel that there is something to be learned about their culture, beliefs and way of life - if one keeps his eyes and mind open. With this film I full-heartedly declare myself a fan and admirer of his work.
A coup of traditional narrative and dramatic technique. The ending is not only one of the most savage tricks I've seen a director pull off but is also the one that I've probably emotionally responded to the most.