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Close-Up (1990)
"Nema-ye Nazdik" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  30 October 1991 (France)
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Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ... See full summary »


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Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. Written by Sam Tabibnia <>

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Release Date:

30 October 1991 (France)  »

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Close Up  »

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$2,670 (USA) (31 December 1999)


$2,670 (USA) (31 December 1999)

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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 1991 (#05). See more »


When Sabzian and Makhmalbaf meet, there is a bundle in Sabzian's hand. He gets on the motorbike with the bundle in his hand. Later on, during their ride on the motorbike, the bundle is not there any more. See more »


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Wonderful and humane
8 October 2001 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film of a very special kind. Not your average movie in the sense that it is highly realistic and its subject somehow pedestrian. But the humanity with which it is shot and delivered is amazing: a world of humility, pride and grace is portrayed which at the present time could be much more than what we expect. It brings home the fact that whatever we might think of people and their ability to act as horribly as possible, there's always art and the art of the heart.

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