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Nema-ye Nazdik
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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
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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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Also Known As:
"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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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Absurd with a straight face, 12 March 2001
Author: liehtzu from North Thailand

Almost reminiscent of an old Errol Morris documentary in its very muted sense of ridiculousness, Kiarostami's "Close-Up" deserves an "A" for originality alone. It's the true story of a man who leads a prosperous family to believe that he is Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of Iran's most revered film directors, and tells them that he wants to use them and their house in his next film. What at first appears to be an elaborate con is really nothing more than a desperate, harmless deception by a man who never amounted to anything in life and who for once feels like he's someone important.

What sets the film apart is that Kiarostami constructs the entire incident using everyone involved: from the "fake Makhmalbaf" to the family he tricked to the judge at the trial and even Makhmalbaf himself and then the incident is recreated in Kiarostami's usual banal, documentary-style fashion. In the end "Close-Up" is concerned with its director's (and Iran cinema in general's) examination of the nature of cinematic "reality" but it also a deeply felt portrait of loneliness, despair and need, and a much greater film for it. Melancholy and joyous, a miniature masterpiece.

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