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The Silence (1998) More at IMDbPro »Sokout (original title)


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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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A beautiful film -- with a little help from Beethoven! See more (7 total) »


  (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
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Followed by The Gardener (2012)See more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful film -- with a little help from Beethoven!, 26 August 1999
Author: naxash from Basel

The boy Khorshid has to earn a living tuning instruments. He's blind. He does an excellent job, but his boss doesn't think so. Khorshid's mother won't be able to pay the rent if her son gets fired. What can be done? This film both shows the hard life of a blind boy and his mother in Azerbaijan as well as beautiful images -- and lots of music, of course! if you wanna hear Beethoven's 5th, recently spiced up inna hip hop stylee by A+, in a Oriental style, then you gotta check out this beautiful film by Iran's leading filmmaker Mohsen Mahmalbaf. Additionally, _Sokhout_ is social commentary both on life in Eastern countries as well as the relationship between East and is not a coincidence that Makhmalbaf chose Beethoven instead of Classical Persian music.

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