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10 October 1997 (Italy) See more »
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
(in alphabetical order)
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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.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 The Road Home (1999)See more »
St. James InfirmarySee more »


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46 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Moving allegory, 17 June 1999
Author: anonymous

I was prepared to dislike this film. Instead, I wound up fascinated. The state can't help Mr. Badii, the church can't help him...and even though nature, in the form of Mr. Bagheri, tries, we do not know if it succeeds. Absolutely fascinating. It shows that a director doesn't need $200,000,000 and a raft of special effects and explosions to make a good film.

As for the shot-on-video ending, it's entirely possible that it's there to appease the Iranian censors. "Look! Here's Mr. Badii! Alive and well. It's just a movie!" Another subtle commentary on the state of affairs in Iran today, I'll wager. At least, that's how I chose to see it.

It seems to me that the title reflects Douglas Adams' techniques for flying--fall, and then distract yourself so that you don't hit the ground. It's not that the taste of cherry makes life worth living, per se, it's that simple things can distract you from your cares.

This movie was well-shot, well-directed, well-acted, and well-written. Highly recommended.

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