Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.
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love the kiarostami's offscreen dialogues, and the decision not to show the dying woman, the digger, and the main character's colleagues, is genius. fucking love it. it focus on the wonder of waiting than the wonder of dying. also fucking love it.
Kiarostami most beautiful bids adieu to the 20th Century and gently lets itself be carried into the new millennium from which nobody will return from. We are brought into this isolated corner of the world by these characters who confuse respect with pity. They are guests who objectify an endangered way of life while imposing their own onto the people. And yet, we relate with them because so do we as viewers of cinema
Maybe the journey is more important than the photo of dead! The film is more powerful the second time you see it! I can focus more on « stupid » little details. Kiarostami have such imagination to tell a banal story on multiple angles. I still can't understand it, and i still don't know which of his poetry-films of the 90's is the best. They all troubled my vision of cinema (i wish to see one on big screen so bad)!
This will be a special movie for me, thanks to a dear friend of mine. She took me to a premiere and I asked, what's the movie? And she said, trust me it will be good. The lights went out and I had no idea of what I was about to see. And this is how I was (properly) introduced to Kiarostami's cinema. Had seen glimspes of Taste of Cherry on the TV (and saw it again). Would become enthusiastic about his work.
a simplistic, beautiful depiction of kurdish's cultural society, seen from a city dweller engineer. it;s true, some might get turn-off with its monotonic story ( 80 % of the film just shows the engineer wandering around the village, with nothing ever really happened ). but Kiarostami direction and honest capturing of the village realism makes it succeed in not to get me overslept watching this.