Baran (2001)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 March 2002 (Netherlands)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Hossein Abedini ...
Zahra Bahrami ...
Mohammad Amir Naji ...
Hossein Mahjoub ...
Bric-A-Brac Trader
Abbas Rahimi ...
Gholam Ali Bakhshi ...
Jafar Tawakoli ...
Yadollah Hedayati ...
Lors workers' chief
Parviz Larijani ...
Shop owner
Mahmoud Behraznia ...
Building Contractor
Pasha Barabadi ...
Kamal Parto ...
Maghsood Moghadan ...
Turkish workers' chief
Peiman Daraian ...
Building Engineer
Mohammadollah Dad ...
Middleman in the Bazar


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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Drama | Romance

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

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$21,702 (USA) (7 December 2001)


$125,900 (USA) (17 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 »


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


Afghan cobbler: A man alone is a neighbor of God.
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hypnotic love story
13 May 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the aspects of this film not touched by other reviews here is the quality of the directing. it is incredible how as you watch the film your natural inclination to see the situation solved is completely drowned out by the motion of the film. Its unusual to find such a philosophical film that keeps both your eyes and heart wide awake.

The truly altruistic nature of love, the crazy things it makes you do and not regret are born out in this film in beautiful ways. From an Iranian perspective it is an interesting look at cross-cultural phenomena but I think the average American doesn't know enough about Afghani, Kurdish and Iranian culture to appreciate that.

You see this coming from the start but I'll warn you that the next thing I say might spoil part of the film for you:

My favorite scene is at the end when she drops her burka as she realizes he loves her, realizing how dangerous her beauty is, how it has left this poor boy in emotional and financial chaos and how she cannot do anything to help.

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