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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 »


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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 clean the rug. This young woman belongs to the clan whose history is depicted in the design of the gabbeh, and the rug recounts the story of the courtship of the young woman by a stranger from the clan. Written by Mike Myers <>

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Release Date:

25 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dywan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$37,818 (USA) (27 June 1997)


$273,967 (USA) (8 August 1997)

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Influenced by Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates (1969) See more »


Featured in Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (1996) See more »

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Beauty does not need words, high-tech nor media
7 November 2010 | by (Los Girasoles, Chaclacayo, Lima, Perú.) – See all my reviews

Mohsen Makhmalbaf has done it with every movie he's made. Gabbeh is a major film where beauty is presented in the original language of filmmaking: music -not only the "human music", rather than the music from the sounds of nature- and images -"life is color", "love is color" is said just twice in the film, but the entire film is exactly that: life and love, which is just color-. The expressiveness of the landscape, the Iranian women's clothing and fabric are the main characters of the film. Because masterpieces do not need words, high-tech, major budgets, nor even a plot. 60 minutes of beauty, that's Gabbeh.

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