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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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

Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
Writing credits
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Abbas Kiarostami 

Produced by
Alain Depardieu .... producer
Abbas Kiarostami .... producer
Cinematography by
Homayun Payvar 
Film Editing by
Abbas Kiarostami 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hassan Yektapanah .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound designer
Jahangir Mirshekari .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Alireza Ansarian .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Ali Najafi .... colorist

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Also Known As:
"Ta'm e guilass" - Iran (original title)
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95 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pirated Copy (2004)See more »
Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)See more »


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19 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Failed arthouse experiment, 1 February 2002
Author: mgmax from Chicago

This is a little more interesting when you know that most of it was improvised with Kiarostami sitting in the driver's seat talking to the other actors. But like most purely improvised films, there's a rather low ratio of insights to the amount of screen time spent struggling to come up with something interesting. (Actually, only one of the characters really manages to be interesting at all.) Likewise, some of the shots of Mr. Badii driving around aimlessly have a certain Antonioniesque hypnotic effect, but most of them look no more interesting than random video you might have shot yourself in the industrial part of town.

There are critics who call this kind of untouched-by-art realism genius, who say that Kiarostami is making us think, reconsider the very nature of cinema, and so on. To my mind, the message of the film-- the taste of cherry makes life worth living-- is no more or less profound than, say, Woody Allen rattling off a few of the things that make life worth living in Manhattan, or the epiphany the kid in American Beauty gets from a plastic bag. (Likewise the message that it's all only a movie. Never woulda guessed.) And critics who find such a message shallow in a piece of slick entertainment, but deep when it's in a deliberately unentertaining art film, need to reexamine their critical principles, or lighten up a little-- or at least go see again the work of real art Kiarostami alludes to in his title, Wild Strawberries, which has more depth of characterization and emotional richness in any five minutes than this manages to scrounge up in an hour and a half.

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