Tam e guilass

Tam e guilass

Taste of cherry

DVD - 1999 | Persian
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Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 1999
ISBN: 9780780022102
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. : 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Taste of cherry


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Mar 09, 2017

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for this contemplative film about a Muslim, Mr. Badi (Homayon Ershadi), who drives around the barren hills outside Tehran, flagging down passersby and offering good money for a simple job that he's hesitant to explain. Though initially greeted with critical acclaim, A Taste of Cherry received poor distribution in the U.S. The meandering, deliberately paced drama is composed of long conversations and long silences, and the camera is locked in the car for entire sequences, staring at the protagonists in still closeups with the dusty landscape rolling past the windows of the Land Rover in the background. Kiarostami's film is not for everyone, but if you can embrace the quiet power and grace of his deceptively simple style, the film becomes a remarkably rich celebration of human dignity and resilience. --Sean Axmaker

Sep 27, 2012

Our protagonist drives around the almost treeless hills of Iran looking for someone to shovel dirt on his corpse after he suicides. The pace is very slow and the dialog is sparse. Although the discussions of the morality of suicide are framed in Islamic terminology, they are essentially the same as in Christian theology. He meets a Kurd, an Afghani, and a Turk among other Irani. They show him kindness, but try to dissuade him from killing himself. If you are patient and willing to work at it you can get a very human feel for Iran.

Dec 03, 2010

This film draws you in slowly... not for the short attention span generation. Kiarostami is truly a great filmmaker. Leaves you thinking long after the end.


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