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9 September 1998 (France) See more »
Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf  writer

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Cinematography by
Ebrahim Ghafori 
Film Editing by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
Production Management
Mohamad Ahmadi .... executive manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samira Makhmalbaf .... assistant director
Art Department
Mohsen Makhmalbaf .... set designer
Sound Department
Behroz Shahamat .... sound
Other crew
Hana Makhmalbaf .... script supervisor
Marzieh Makhmalbaf .... assistant to director (as Marzieh Meshkini)
Akbar Meshkini .... assistant to director

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Also Known As:
"Sokout" - Iran (original title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-18 | France:U | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)
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such an invigorating Beethoven denouement., 18 March 2006
Author: shutterbug_iconium from Türkiye

"The Silence" is not an ordinary movie even though it looks simple. It is the story of a blind boy Hursit who is trying to make both his and mother's living by tuning instruments in local traditional instrument shop.His father has apparently left his family to Russia and Hursit and the mother is having a hard time because they can't pay the rent and they are faced with the dancer of being thrown to the street. The movie uses Beethoven's 5th Symphony in the final scene. The scenery of bazaars,the local imagery of an Eastern town,the local instrument builders and vendors add so much to the atmosphere to the movie. And a little note for those who have just recognized the Iranian movie..Before the Islamic revolution in Iran, the director of the movie was a political activist and because of that he was jailed for more than 4 years, and was let out of jail only after the revolution. After the revolution he abandoned politics, because he had believed that the chief problem in Iran was the cultural one. The movie was also banned in Iran.If you like simple real stories about real life I suggest you see the movie.

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