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Release Date:
14 March 2002 (Netherlands) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Humanistic Film, Full of Warmth and Humor See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hossein Abedini ... Lateef
Zahra Bahrami ... Baran

Mohammad Amir Naji ... 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
Asghar Ghanbari ... Middleman in the Bazar
Hamid Houshman ... Middleman in the Bazar
Khalil Rahmani ... Kurdish workers' chief
Ezzatollah Bayati ... Traveler
Sanaz Mirfakhari ... Girl in the park
Hassan Hosseinbaksh ... Afghan Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Maleki ... Hassan

Directed by
Majid Majidi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Majid Majidi 

Produced by
Majid Majidi .... producer
Fouad Nahas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ahmad Pezhman 
 
Cinematography by
Mohammad Davudi 
 
Film Editing by
Hassan Hassandoost 
 
Production Design by
Behzad Kazzazi 
 
Set Decoration by
Behzad Kazzazi 
 
Costume Design by
Behzad Kazzazi 
Malek Jahan Khazai 
 
Makeup Department
Jahanjou Jafari .... makeup artist (as Jahanjoo Jafary)
Mohsen Mossavi .... makeup designer
Affarine Sadeghi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Seyyed Saeed Seyedzadeh .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sirrus Hassanpur .... first assistant director
Hassan Najafi .... second assistant director
Behzad Rafi .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Effat Attary .... sound department archives
Hossein Bashash .... boom operator
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound designer
Houra Maleki .... assistant sound mixer
Yadollah Najafi .... sound recordist
Ali Nouri .... assistant sound mixer
Amir Tusi .... assistant sound mixer
Babak Valadi .... assistant sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Mohsen Ruzbahani .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mostafa Bafroomi .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Roger La Prairie .... colorist
 
Music Department
Amir Aslani .... musician: flute
Ardeshir Kamkar .... musician
 
Other crew
Munir Gheidi .... script girl
Reza Hamidi .... production assistant
Hormoz Larijani .... financial manager
Fouad Nahas .... screenplay consultant
Mehdi Sheni .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Ali Moallem .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Rain" - USA (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and brief violence
Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Baran, the female protagonist, does not say a single word throughout the film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Lateef travels to meet Soltan, director 'Majid Majidi' is reflected in the glass in the bus.See more »
Quotes:
Afghan cobbler:From the hot fire of being apart, comes the flame that burns the heart.See more »

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Humanistic Film, Full of Warmth and Humor, 15 July 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

`Don't you go letting life harden your heart . . . we can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. We always have the choice.' ...The Dalai Lama

Baran is the latest film from the director of Children of Heaven and Color of Paradise. It has strong appeal because of the natural performances of its non-professional actors, its well-drawn characters, and its message of the transforming power of generosity. Like Kandahar, our attention is drawn to the desperate plight of the Afghan people.

Baran begins with a note about the reality of the 1.4 million refugees from Afghanistan living in Iran, a number that has probably increased substantially since September 11th. Some are of the current generation that was born in Iran and have never set foot in Afghanistan; others have recently fled from Taliban oppression and long to return home. Afghans are forbidden to hold jobs by Iranian law and must work illegally, usually in unskilled heavy labor jobs.

Shot in the style of the Italian Neo-Realists (realistic stories told against real backgrounds with sometimes non-professional casts), Baran has a tone of drabness, only occasionally interrupted with bursts of color. At a construction site in Northern Tehran, Memar (Mohammad Amir Naji) employs a large number of Afghans to work along side of Turks and Iranians. This film shows a microcosm of the blue-collar working class in today's Tehran. Many languages are spoken and the film sheds some light on the variety of ethnic groups present in Iran. In spite of some harsh treatment of workers Memar has moments of generosity and humor, and his outwardly harsh exterior seems to mask a genuine sympathy for the workers.

A 17 year old Iranian tea boy, Latif (Hossein Abedini), an Iranian Azeri, feels his job is threatened by a new worker Rahmat (Zahra Bahrami) who comes to work when his father is injured on the job. Rahmat has difficulty performing construction tasks and is moved to the kitchen to prepare and serve the tea, essentially switching jobs with Latif. Latif, short tempered to begin with, now takes out after Rahmat, intent on getting revenge, leading to a series of slapstick encounters that are almost Chaplinesque in tone.

After Latif discovers Rahmat's secret (he is a she named "Baran"), the film is devoted to his transformation from a selfish wise guy to a caring and surprisingly generous young man. The film becomes a series of encounters in which Latif, infatuated with Rahmat, secretly tries to help her in any way possible, donating his entire savings to her family and involving himself in protecting her from the hands of inspectors looking for illegal immigrants.

Though I found Baran to be, at times, somewhat repetitious and dramatically weak (it doesn't help that Latif and Rahmat never interact), it is a humanistic film, full of warmth and humor. Though a film about dehumanizing working conditions, its true focus is the emotional awakening of a young man who has discovered his own self worth through the act of kindness to another, perhaps symbolizing the discovery of the plight of Afghans by the Western world. Baran (also translated as "Rain", the symbol for springtime) builds to a poignant climax, leaving Latif with the wistful image of a footstep in rain-splattered mud, an image that may remain with him as a constant inspiration for future self-sacrifice.

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