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Abbas Kiarostami (writer)
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Release Date:
1 October 1999 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Waiting for What? See more (39 total) »

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Directed by
Abbas Kiarostami 
 
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Abbas Kiarostami  writer

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Abbas Kiarostami .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peyman Yazdanian 
 
Cinematography by
Mahmoud Kalari 
 
Film Editing by
Abbas Kiarostami 
 
Production Management
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nasrin Askari .... assistant director
Bahman Ghobadi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nick Biscardi .... commentary recordist
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound designer
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound mixer
Houra Maleki .... sound editor
Jahangir Mirshekari .... sound
Mohamad Hassan Najm .... sound
 

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Also Known As:
"Bad ma ra khahad bord" - Iran (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:G (TV rating) | Hong Kong:I | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U
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Trivia:
The title is a reference to a poem written by Iranian famous modern female poet Forough Farrokhzad.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the engineer is driving back from the mountain, he stops and picks up someone who is walking down the road and starts talking to him, but when the camera shows the car from long shot for the first time, there is no one in the car other than the engineer.See more »
Quotes:
Engineer:Hurry up. Get in.
Farzad:I can't come now.
Engineer:Why?
Farzad:I need one more answer for the exam.
Engineer:What is it?
Farzad:The fourth question.
Engineer:You don't know the answer?
Farzad:No.
Engineer:Why?
Farzad:Because I don't.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)See more »

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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Waiting for What?, 26 September 1999
Author: Vargas from Montreal

An engineer (Behzad Dourani) travels to a remote Iranian village on an inexplicable assignment that involves his unseen assistants digging holes. The men work near a hill that turns out to be one of the main settings, and even characters, in Cannes Palme d'Or winner Abbas Kiarostami's new movie, "The Wind Will Carry Us."

Throughout the picture, the perpetually befuddled engineer drives up to the breezy incline to receive cell phone calls that don't come through clearly in the village below. Do the calls concern an old woman who's dying? A search for buried treasure? The exhumation of dead bodies? We never hear the other end of the conversations, so we never find out.

The modern hero's jeep and cell-phone dominated life seems empty of purpose, other than the impulses and sensory input of the moment. The lives of the traditional villagers don't seem any more meaningful. Kiarostami's picture is no ethnographic celebration of simple-hearted, but wise peasants with a profound culture.

The movie is like Samuel Becket's definitive theatre of the absurd, "Waiting for Godot." But while the depressed Irish playwright's characters wander around in a desolate landscape, Kiarostami's engineer is placed in a spacious, richly colored world that yields tantalizing, paradoxical hints of meaning, despite the random, aimless movements of the human beings who inhabit it.

Perhaps we're seeing this story from the wind's point-of-view.

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