Taste of Cherry (1997)
"Ta'm e guilass" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  26 November 1997 (France)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.


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Credited cast:
Mr. Badii
Abdolrahman Bagheri ...
Mr. Bagheri
Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari ...
Safar Ali Moradi ...
The soldier
Mir Hossein Noori ...
The seminarian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmad Ansari


Middle-aged Mr.Badii is planning to commit suicide and desperately seeks anyone to assist him - he has already dug out the grave in the mountains, but the assistant will have to bury him when he will do the deed. He asks Kurd soldier, Afghan seminarian, but everyone refuses by some reason. Finally he finds an old Turkish taxidermist, who has a sick son and previously attempted suicide himself, and he agrees to assist Badii. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Taste of Cherry  »

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$9,688 (USA) (20 March 1998)


$311,873 (USA) (20 November 1998)

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1.66 : 1
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The film was shot without a proper script, relying on improvisations. See more »


In the opening scene, as Mr. Badhi is driving past laborers looking for work, the same middle-aged white haired man, wearing a checkered sweater vest, is seen twice. See more »


Mr. Bagheri: If you look at the four seasons, each season brings fruit. In summer, there's fruit, in autumn, too. Winter brings different fruit and spring, too. No mother can fill her fridge with such a variety of fruit for her children. No mother can do as much for her children as God does for His creatures. You want to refuse all that? You want to give it all up? You want to give up the taste of cherries?
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Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)
Performed by Ahmad Zaher
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Moving allegory
17 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I was prepared to dislike this film. Instead, I wound up fascinated. The state can't help Mr. Badii, the church can't help him...and even though nature, in the form of Mr. Bagheri, tries, we do not know if it succeeds. Absolutely fascinating. It shows that a director doesn't need $200,000,000 and a raft of special effects and explosions to make a good film.

As for the shot-on-video ending, it's entirely possible that it's there to appease the Iranian censors. "Look! Here's Mr. Badii! Alive and well. It's just a movie!" Another subtle commentary on the state of affairs in Iran today, I'll wager. At least, that's how I chose to see it.

It seems to me that the title reflects Douglas Adams' techniques for flying--fall, and then distract yourself so that you don't hit the ground. It's not that the taste of cherry makes life worth living, per se, it's that simple things can distract you from your cares.

This movie was well-shot, well-directed, well-acted, and well-written. Highly recommended.

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