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

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$311,873 (USA) (20 November 1998)
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The film's coda was to a certain extent unplanned, according to an interview with Kiarostami. After they had filmed preliminary versions of the final scene, they did the final scene proper, but the lab accidentally destroyed these final reels. Kiarostami then decided that the off-focus and colors of the test reels worked, and used those instead. See more »

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Hats off to Abbas Kiarostami!!
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The first Iranian movie that I watched was "Children of Heaven" which I liked a lot for it's beautiful show of joy and innocence .I then moved onto "taste of cherry" which was recommended by a friend of mine. Watching this movie was such an interesting experience that I am already looking forward to watching more of Iranian movies.

Simple, comical and to a certain level, spiritual is how I would describe this movie. In spite of the slow pace, the story holds you tight by keeping you in a state of wonder and amazement. The movies flows smoothly taking you on a journey with the main character whose past, present and future keeps us in intrigue. The lead actor Homayoun Ershadi has done a great job in portraying the role of Mr. Baddi - who is on a strange quest and is hell bent on accomplishing it.

The unconventional shooting style, the unconventional story and the unconventional ending makes this movie a great watch.


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