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Baran -- A young Kurdish laborerin Tehran is drawn to an Afghan co-worker, who hides a big secret: he is actually a girl named Baran.


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Release Date:
14 March 2002 (Netherlands) See more »
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 »
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  (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
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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
Ali Moallem .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rain" - USA (literal English title)
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Rated PG for language and brief violence
94 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Selected as Iran's submission in the Best Foreign Film category for the 2001 Oscars.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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.See more »


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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
hypnotic love story, 13 May 2005
Author: cs_weaver from London, England

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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