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Through the Olive Trees (1994)
"Zire darakhatan zeyton" (original title)

G  |   |  Drama  |  25 January 1995 (France)
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The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohamad Ali Keshavarz ...
Film Director
Farhad Kheradmand ...
Farhad
Zarifeh Shiva ...
Mrs. Shiva
Hossein Rezai ...
Hossein
Tahereh Ladanian ...
Tahereh
Hocine Redai ...
Hocine
Zahra Nourouzi ...
Kouly's Daughter
Nasret Betri ...
Achiz
Azim Aziz Nia ...
Azim
Astadouli Babani ...
Teacher
N. Boursadiki ...
Tahra
Kheda Barech Defai ...
teacher
Ahmed Ahmed Poor ...
Himself (as A. li Ahmed Poor)
Babek Ahmed Poor ...
Himself
Mahbanou Darabi
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The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 1995 (#09). See more »

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Hossein: Mam, I'm really sorry. I want to do everything you ask me, but I won't do masonry. I don't work in construction anymore. I came to act in your film. I will work as an actor, but not as a mason.
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Quite hard work despite interesting characters and places to round out the trilogy
23 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Following a film he made a few years backs, a director returns to the area where it was shot to try and find the actors who he used. The area has been hit by a large earthquake and the film is designed to help the area as well as follow up on the people. Among the cast is a young man, Hossein, who has fallen for one of the other actors and seeks to marry her – but her grandmother refuses to consider any such offer; ironic perhaps, considering Hossein's character in the film is married to the very girl he loves in real life.

While making the sequel (or follow up) to "Where is the friend's house?" Abbas Kiarostami met a man who told him that he was married 5 days after the devastating earthquake (50,000 dead) that is the foundation for that film. A few years later Kiarostami decided to use this man and his story as the basis for this rather intriguing film within a film. The dual plots are interesting and work well in contrast to one another to fill out a plot that is not the easiest to get excited about or really engaged by. In this regard many viewers may feel bored or distant from the material as it doesn't quite build a story that well. The "film within a film" concept is interesting but it produces many scenes that are replayed over and over (different takes) without the repeats adding a great deal – in fact they seem to take away from the rhythm of the film more than give to it. As with other Kiarostami films, it is slow and requires work, but even if you are willing to put yourself into it, it is still not easy work.

The characters and place are interesting and it does feel like these are over and above the material itself. The film will be of greater interest to those who have seen the other films in the trilogy as the places and people have history to them, but they are still well enough done to avoid it being key to the film. The cast do pretty well throughout; Rezai steals the show with a good performance; Ladanian is totally absent and her performance will be hard (was hard!) for a Western audience to appreciate. Keshavarz does pretty well in the role of the director.

Overall this is not a film to come to unless you have seen at least one of the other two films (ideally both. It is watchable without this knowledge but even with it, it is hard work at times. The narrative is slow and not that important apparently and, although the characters and places are interesting, I did struggle to really get emotionally involved in the film. Interesting enough to be worth a look but don't expect too much from it.


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