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Baran (2001)

In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hossein Abedini ...
Lateef
Zahra Bahrami ...
Baran
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Memar
Hossein Mahjoub ...
Bric-A-Brac Trader
Abbas Rahimi ...
Soltan
Gholam Ali Bakhshi ...
Najaf
Jafar Tawakoli ...
Inspector
Yadollah Hedayati ...
Lors workers' chief
Parviz Larijani ...
Shop owner
Mahmoud Behraznia ...
Building Contractor
Pasha Barabadi ...
Inspector
Kamal Parto ...
Inspector
Maghsood Moghadan ...
Turkish workers' chief
Peiman Daraian ...
Building Engineer
Mohammadollah Dad ...
Middleman in the Bazar
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Storyline

Young Lateef works on a construction site in Tehran with some Turks and a few illegal Afghan workers. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, however, Lateef discovers Rahmat's secret--he is a girl named Baran. Latif's heart softens towards Baran and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. When government inspectors force all Afghans to be fired from the site, Lateef discovers he cannot bear to be without her. Jeopardizing social standing and endangering his own well being, Lateef stops at nothing to save his love. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,702, 9 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,900, 19 May 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Selected as Iran's submission in the Best Foreign Film category for the 2001 Oscars. See more »

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When Lateef travels to meet Soltan, director 'Majid Majidi' is reflected in the glass in the bus. See more »

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Afghan cobbler: From the hot fire of being apart, comes the flame that burns the heart.
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Profound in its simplicity.
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

There are directors who give one or two classics and are considered immortal and than there's Majid who gives classic back to back. Well I don't have word for him.

Baran is one such film from the director who has given us Children of Heaven. The simplicity of the film and the simplicity of cinematography are exemplary. Way the beauty of Iraq is captured is amazing. Each scene is aesthetic yet poignant. With minimal dialogues and no dialogues for the girl playing the title role it is quite an experimental film. If any one has noticed the film there are only on three instances that background score comes into play and during this time you will notice that we are watching a movie and not a documentary. They cast which was mostly non-professional actors looks authentic and spontaneous. The technical aspects are simple like an achievement. And last scene when rain (Baran) starts pouring down to fill the mark created by Baran's shoes is overwhelming.

To write about the director will be like undermining his work. In one word he is brilliant.

If you have not seen it you are completely missing one genre of films.


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