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30 October 1991 (France) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Close-up Review d: Abbas Kiarostami
 (From Alt Film Guide. 4 April 2011, 3:29 PM, PDT)

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Cast

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Hossain Sabzian ... Himself

Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... Himself
Abolfazl Ahankhah ... Himself
Mehrdad Ahankhah ... Himself
Monoochehr Ahankhah ... Himself
Mahrokh Ahankhah ... Herself
Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi ... Herself
Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni ... Family Friend
Hossain Farazmand ... Reporter
Hooshang Shamaei ... Taxi Driver
Mohammad Ali Barrati ... Soldier
Davood Goodarzi ... Sergeant
Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi ... Judge
Hassan Komaili ... Court Recorder
Davood Mohabbat ... Court Recorder

Abbas Kiarostami ... Himself

Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
 
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Abbas Kiarostami 

Produced by
Ali Reza Zarrin .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Ali Reza Zarrindast 
 
Film Editing by
Abbas Kiarostami 
 
Makeup Department
Farima Zand-Pour .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hassan Agha Karimi .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Ahmad Asgari .... sound
Mahammad Haghighi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ali Reza Mirzaei .... camera operator
 

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"Nema-ye Nazdik" - Iran (original title)
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98 min
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 1991 (#05).See more »
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
This is a courtroom drama unlike any you may have seen., 25 June 2003
Author: spazmodeus from United States

I find it amazing that this movie works as well as it does. The people in it are not actors. They are ordinary Iranian citizens who happened to be involved in a curious incident that aroused the interest of a very talented film director. As an American who is aware of the tension between Iran's government and its vibrant film industry, you can't help but to scour this simple story for an ideological message. Is it a protest film? Is it an "all is well with Iran" film? Well, it's not either. It's just a simple and relatively mundane story told by the people who actually lived it.

What I got out of it, and your mileage may vary, is a deep sense that there is something beautiful about seeing a relatively small matter as an event of deep significance, one that requires all your attention. There is no larger story that gives meaning to the small events portrayed in the film, but the people in it, as well as the filmmakers themselves, imbue them all with a great seriousness. All of it is done without a hint of parody or ulterior motive.

And it's not like Iran didn't have "big" issues to confront in 1990, as it was rebuilding its society after the brutal war with Iraq. The cheap and obvious thing to do, which many foreign movies try, is to tell a simple story with a background of an emotionally charged historical time. It's quite beautiful to see this movie avoid that trap. It's not like you'll be moved to tears or something, but that's a part of the point! In a way, the film's ostensible lack of manipulativeness is so fresh to American eyes that you might find yourself moved on a much deeper level. Well, that, or you might be totally confused. After all, there is no background score to instruct you on how you should be feeling at each instant.

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