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Through the Olive Trees (1994)

Zire darakhatan zeyton (original title)
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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Farhad Kheradmand ...
Farhad
Zarifeh Shiva ...
Mrs. Shiva
Hossein Rezai ...
Hossein
Tahereh Ladanian ...
Tahereh
Hocine Redai ...
Hocine
Zahra Nourouzi ...
Kouly's Daughter
Nosrat Bagheri ...
Achiz (as Nasret Betri)
Azim Aziz Nia ...
Azim
Ostadvali Babaei ...
Teacher (as Astadouli Babani)
N. Boursadiki ...
Tahra
Khodabakhsh Defaei ...
teacher (as Kheda Barech Defai)
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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10 May 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

First thing: this is the third part in a trilogy. You really need to see "Where is the Friend's House" & "And Life Goes On" first if you want to fully understand this. In short, this is a film about a man making a film of his own journey in search of actors in a film he made earlier. Once you know that, it's not in the least slow or simple, it's a hall of mirrors, as another commentator put it. Frames within frames within frames.

Second thing: Jean-Luc Godard praised Kiarostami's early films, but then felt he'd become too influenced by the international art movie tradition. I don't know if this is a film he liked or disliked, but it sure has a lot of Godard's influence in it - from the director interviewing sundry characters through the conflation of documentary and fiction elements to the use of music, it's like Godard crossed with Satyajit Ray. Not that that's a bad thing.

I don't know if Kiarostami is as original or as striking as some maintain - in many ways this is "Day for Night" transplanted to the Iranian countryside - but it's very watchable, often very funny and the landscape is beautiful.

There also seems to be (in the Iranian context) a subversive subtext to these films. Tradition is held up as hidebound and stupid (the adults in "Where is the Friend's House", the grandmother in this film) while the young are seen improvising their own lives and creating hope in the face of catastrophe. I can't imagine that's too popular with the mullahs, and indeed it seems that Kiarostami has been unable to get a film released in Iran in a decade.

Well worth a view, and it may even inspire you to get out into the world with a digital video camera, but do see the other films (and probably also "Homework") first.


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