Mirza Ebrahim Khan, travels past in time to introduce cinematography to the previous king who can afford to pay for the new industry. But Nasser-e-din Shah takes an interest in the actress ... See full summary »
Haji is severely traumatized by the war with Iraq. Back from the front, he's unable to adapt to civilian life. Despite family opposition, his fiancée stands by him as together they ... See full summary »
Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »
An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »
Consisting of three separate stories, the director explores "Man" as a theme: birth, life and death, to present a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic portrait of life at the bottom of the ... See full summary »
Part one: A brown-haired man finds out that his wife cheats on him with a blonde-haired man. He kills his rival and is condemned to the capital punishment. Gazale takes her own life. Part ... See full summary »
A girl believing in God marries an atheist, who is consumed by doubt. They decide to spend their honeymoon in India. Searching the countryside for a guru called the "perfect man," who fobs ... See full summary »
A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.
Iranian movies came to my life in the early 90's. Very frequently, they surprise me, just like this one.
When the entire world wants movies to be sexed up by more sex, violence and kinky scenes, I greatly appreciate the Iranian film makers that they produce outstanding movies with children and ordinary people in this supposedly closed Islamic country. This brings along a new breath into the world movie scene.
The themes of actors' identity on screen and off screen, acting or living (autobiographical) in the camera are both most studied in Iranian movies.
Akbar (played by Akbar Abdi) is a accomplished Chaplin-like comedian wishing to do serious and challenging art movies but circumstances just prevent that from being materialized. His seemingly barren wife, Simin is so anxious to give him a child to an extent that she seems to be pretty mad and eccentric in many bizarre ways. To cut the Gordian Knot, she arranges for him to marry a dumb-deaf gypsy girl. In between, bunches of crazy and funny moves. Yet, when he decides to get rid of commercial films once and for all, his own wife is pregnant, which may alter his plans.
The ending impresses me the most: Akbar wants the gypsy girl to leave because his wife is expecting now, she is a "surplus". The girl reclaims her all her "insanity" and opens her mouth to seriously tell the truth that her acting is for making a living, she has been acting all the time. Who would disagree that she is the best leading actress in the show?
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?