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Gabbeh -- A young woman torn between the traditions of her people and and the desire for her lover in this trailer

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25 June 1997 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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This is a visually stunning film. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Abbas Sayah ... Uncle
Shaghayeh Djodat ... Gabbeh
Hossein Moharami ... Old Man
Rogheih Moharami ... Old Woman
Parvaneh Ghalandari

Directed by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
 
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Mohsen Makhmalbaf 

Produced by
Khalil Daroudchi .... producer
Khalil Mahmoudi .... producer
Mostafa Mirzakhani .... executive producer
Reza Shirazi .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Hossein Alizadeh 
 
Cinematography by
Mahmoud Kalari 
 
Film Editing by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
 
Casting by
Mostafa Mirzakhani 
 
Production Management
Mohamad Ahmadi .... production manager
Hamid Mana Gahri .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abolfazi Alegheband .... assistant director
Behram Azimpour .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb .... sound
Abbas Rastegarpour .... sound mixer
Behroz Shahamat .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mohamad Ahmadi .... set photographer
S. Asadi .... camera operator
B. Dorani .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Berouiz Rahmen .... location manager
 

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75 min | Japan:73 min
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
This is a visually stunning film., 25 December 2002
Author: tlarry858 from Atlanta

This visually stunning film tells the story of an old couple's gabbeh-a finely crafted Persian carpet. One day when they go to a nearby spring to wash the carpet, an attractive young woman appears suddenly and mysteriously-she is the apotheosis of the people whose tale is told in the carpet's woof and warp.

The film is a surrealistic folk tale. As she helps the old woman wash the carpet, the young woman (the spirit of the carpet) begins the tale of her life, which becomes the film's story. The film's charm lies in the magical use of color and water to tell a story. Young girls are everywhere in native dresses that complement the picturesque scenery with as many dabs of color as a French impressionist painting. The filmmaker here is an artist, adept at sunsets, drifting cotton-white clouds on a pristine blue canvas. Pastels, ultramarines, burnt siennas, ochres-there is a sensuous joy in the very colors of the earth and sky.

The world of the film is a kaleidoscope of color. Exotic birds appear from nowhere like bursts of sunset. Young women dress in native Iranian costumes of reds, golds, blues, and greens. And through it all, the sounds of flowing water, like little bells or delicate wind chimes, is given a palpable presence.

The Persian carpet, no longer mute, beguiles the viewer with its simple, haunting tale of people and places at once so ancient and new. The wolf-like howls of a young woman's lover merge with the sound of the water as it rills and flows over stones, pebbles, and sand. The water is itself a comment on the people whose lives are lived within its boundaries. The magical and surrealistic elements of the peasant girl's story weave themselves into a fairy-tale. What enchantment there is in a young woman's quest for love and continuity. The very air is rich with the colors, sights, and sounds-the spices and incense of the Near East.

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