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Yek Etefagh sadeh (1974)

A small schoolboy lives an austere life with his family in Northern coasts of Iran.
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Hibibollah Safarian
Mohammed Zamani
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The story of a ten years old Iranian schoolboy living with his mother and his father in Northern coasts of Iran. The boy helps his father in selling the latter's illegal fishing and helps his mother in shopping for her and bringing home water from a well. The three characters live together in only one room. Their life is austere. The boy eats only bread and milk every day... One day the boy's mother dies.

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Very interesting
16 February 2016 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This film has been named as one of the seminal films of the "Iranian new wave". I saw it in a Finnish cinematheque as part of an Iranian theme series. It was surprisingly fresh and strong even after more than 40 years.

The director's style resembles very much Bresson. He is not interested in psychological realism, but rather shows gestures which are both ritual and mundane. The lack of emotions between the characters in striking, but never overstated, and towards the end the film seems to become a cinematic essay on the impossibility of human relationships.

Every frame in this film in carefully planned. The small village, Caspian shores, barroom interiors - all this is as important as the inner life of the characters. It's clear that the role of the scenery has influenced Kiarostami a lot. The film leaves an intense afterglow, perplexing with it's matter- of-fact view upon life and death.


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