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A Moment of Innocence (1996)

Nun va Goldoon (original title)
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.


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Credited cast:
Mirhadi Tayebi ...
The Policeman
The Director
Ali Bakhsi ...
The Young Policeman
Ammar Tafti Dehghan ...
The Young Director (as Ammar Tafti)
Maryam Mohamadamini ...
The Young Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moharram Zaynalzadeh


A forty year old ex-cop goes to Tehran to meet with the director Makmalbaf and act in his latest film. Twenty years ago the director had wounded the policeman with a knife in an attempt to disarm him to take his gun. The filmmaker, who fought against the Shah's regime, was arrested and spent several years in prison. So, today, he proposes to man to reconstruct the story cinematically: each of them will choose a guy to play their roles. The boys chosen take things very seriously and, in the end, will not fight, but rather, will offer one another... the bread and flowers! Written by aa

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Release Date:

9 April 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Innocence  »

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$3,997 (USA) (12 November 1999)


$37,598 (USA) (7 July 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Memories, progress and the art of it all
12 July 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

When the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf was 17 he stabbed a policeman, now that policeman has come to him to ask for an acting job. The work begins to reconstruct the actual incident and they both work on picking their younger selves. However the actors who are to play them are almost identical in their personality.

In many ways it's comparable to the style of Jean-Luc Godard. It sets up absurd situations and plays with reality, even within the films own reality. The film is indeed an odd mix. It's basically about it's own creation. And some parts, as the actual incident happened in real life. Though many elements are played for laughs and could be classified as a comedy it separates from Godard in one major point. Instead of having sarcasm under it's surface we will her find humanity and suffering.

In full it's a look at Irans culture and the old and the new generations view of violence and what it takes to be good. It's artistic style helps to enhance not only the absurdity but also the isolation that can be found in this society. A film about progress and memories that is sure to evoke emotions.

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