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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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Mr. Badii
Abdolrahman Bagheri ...
Mr. Bagheri
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Safar Ali Moradi ...
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Mir Hossein Noori ...
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$311,873 (USA) (20 November 1998)
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Abbas Kiarostami shot each of his actors separately with him either sitting in the driver's or passenger seat. He would instigate conversations with his non-professional actors and film the responses. See more »

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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 »

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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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I'm in the minority here...
2 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man drives around trying to find someone to bury him after he commits suicide. The film crew shows itself at the end. The picture goes on to win the Palme d'Or. Critics and film enthusiasts proclaim it's a work of genius. I hate it. I really hate this boring, indulgent film. But I accept I am in the minority and have nothing to add in my criticism except disdain for it. It didn't move me, when I know it moved others. It means nothing to me except being the pinnacle of tedium, when it means much more to many others. I can't think of a film I dislike more than The Taste of Cherry, but even after 15 years, I still haven't forgotten it.


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