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10 October 1997 (Italy) See more »
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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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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Searching for the Reason to Live See more (77 total) »

Cast

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Homayoun Ershadi ... Mr. Badii
Abdolrahman Bagheri ... Mr. Bagheri
Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari ... Soldier
Safar Ali Moradi ... The soldier
Mir Hossein Noori ... The seminarian
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Ahmad Ansari
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Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
 
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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
 

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Also Known As:
"Ta'm e guilass" - Iran (original title)
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95 min
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The film was shot without a proper script, relying on improvisations.See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
Mr. Badii:I don't want to give you a gun to kill me. I'm giving you a spade, a spade.See more »
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Referenced in 10 on Ten (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)See more »

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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Searching for the Reason to Live, 27 February 2005
Author: J. M. Verville from Seoul, Republic of Korea

Kiarostami strikes again with another provocative film, very much in the same vein as his others: drawn out films that involve a very introspective soul-searching of all of the character's involved, and in so doing, finding some more meaning to the idea of what life is all about.

From the beginning to the end, Kiarostami gives us a complex script of characters that we come into contact with, and as we learn about each one, we learn more about the idea of life. What makes the film very interesting for a Western viewer is that I find closer to Kiarostami's Iran after each of his films that I watch, and become more informed to it. We learn intimate details about the lives of several Iranians.

Throughout the film I found that, although like many of his films it was quite slow-paced, it contained the extraordinarily rich dialog that is expected of a Kiarostami film. His films advance through their rich dialog while using the dusty Iranian landscape as their backdrop. I found a lot of the cinematography to be terrific, viewing the city from a distance and looking into the dusty foot-hills on the outskirts of Tehran. It is more than poetic to see a man at the end of his rope searching through the dust and faces of Tehran's poor laborers for answers about life and death. In many ways, the film is a large metaphor for the human state of affairs.

The film culminates very well, and we all eventually find our own taste of cherry in the film. I always feel as if Kiarostami's films are a very philosophical experience, and are quite personal. In this sense, Kiarostami's films are amongst the best that I have seen.

However, they are undoubtedly slower paced than other films, and they require the viewer to detach himself from any western stereotypes that he has about film. This would not be a good film for somebody expecting action or a typical Western film, but rather, this would be a film that I would recommend only to those who are in the mood for an insightful, philosophical film that shows an alternative view of life. Overall, it was an emotionally powerful film that will stick out in my memory as all Kiarostami films do.

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