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Abbas Kiarostami
« on: January 12, 2003, 08:47:48 PM »
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A guy I know who is a big movie fan and has excellent taste in film is totally into the work of this Iranian director.

I caught one of his movies on Sundance a few weeks ago ("A Taste Of Cherry"), and I can understand his charm. It was very likeable, although extremely slow paced. And the ending was one of those "open for interpretation" types, which left you kind of wondering what the hell you just saw.

I know this is digging pretty deep in the obscurity stack, but I wonder if anyone else here has an opinion of his work?

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2003, 01:06:39 PM »
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I guess that's a resounding "no".  :(
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2003, 07:12:01 AM »
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I also saw "A Taste of Cherry" and I was absolutely fascinated by it. It's a great film, very moving and sensible. It shows us that Iran does not only produce brainwashed fedayin and evil ayatollahs, as some people would like us to believe.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2003, 11:45:37 AM »
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Taste of Cherry was interesting, though for me it falls under the category of films that are easy to appreciate, hard to enjoy. Close-Up, on the other hand, which is the only other film I've seen by this director, was amazing. It's basically about a guy who pretends to be a famous movie director. I admit, the plot doesn't sound too promising, but check this movie out nevertheless. The film looks like a documentary, which, I think, allows the filmmakers to take certain liberties with the story, making certain elements more believable. Interesting use of music in the movie as well.

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2003, 11:48:21 AM »
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Taste Of Cherry was nice. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it.

I really liked the scene where he goes back to his apartment. Dunno why, just holding the shot forever on the outside of the building. That was sweet. His new one sounds pretty blah, though.
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When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2003, 12:01:41 PM »
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so i would assume Taste of Cherry would be a good place to start with this director?

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2003, 11:16:38 PM »
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I'm going to drive. And drive. And drive. And no matter what time of day it is it's going to look like magic hour. And drive. And drive. And drive...
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Re: Abbas Kiarostami
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2003, 08:11:33 AM »
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Quote from: XIXAX


I know this is digging pretty deep in the obscurity stack, but I wonder if anyone else here has an opinion of his work?


I like his work (and against some ppl who think TEN is the worst movie ever made) i really like it...more because it shows a lot about his reality...or should I say about women reality in his country...

But i still think Mohsen Makhmalbaf is the best from Iranian directors (and also taught really well to his two daughters how to make movies)

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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2003, 01:00:57 PM »
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i saw test of cherry a few years ago and thought it wa sintersting but i just can't understand why some directors feel the need to bore audiences to death with long takes of a guy driving without moving his face...

the film has some touching moments, and the ending is cool...I've observed that people older than 40 appreciat ethis film better than younger audiences...maybe i'll wait...

i also saw an iranian film which was not directed by him but the was his...The White Balloon...great film, amazing...simple and beautiful...try to catch it...

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Re: Abbas Kiarostami
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2013, 09:03:48 PM »
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Love this trailer.


 

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