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. Badii: I don't want to give you a gun to kill me. I'm giving you a spade, a spade.
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Referenced in Pirated Copy (2004) See more »


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Such a touching film
19 April 2004 | by (austin, tx) – See all my reviews

I watched the Criterion DVD a few days ago and I thought this film was incredible. It's amazing to me that such an incredible film could be made without the use of tracking shots, multiple camera angles, tilts, pans, and all the other camera techniques that most countries use in their films.

Iran has a very young film industry that doesn't have the money or resources that many other film industries have. For what the Iranian film industry has at its disposal, this film is an exceptional achievement!

This film is a great example of how the expression of human beings' feelings and ideas cannot be held back by censorship. Kudos to Kiarostami for creating a very heartfelt commentary on the effects of oppression on the human soul.

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