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Taste of Cherry (1997)

Ta'm e guilass (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 November 1997 (France)
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
Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari ...
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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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$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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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. 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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Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)
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Performed by Ahmad Zaher
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Cinematic Audacity
1 March 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is film at its simplest: pure cinema. And then he pulls out the rug from underneath you. The director removes the event from the film, in doing so calls attention not to what the protagonist's action will be, but rather the reason for the action. Nor does he make the reason specific, though the concerns are human, universal, which transcends the specific. Foremost this film is about cinema, cinema and the what it means to be, to exist.


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