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  (in credits order)
Ebrahim Abadi
Dariush Asadzade (as Daryush Assadzadeh)
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi ... Memorial Sign Rental (as Firouz Behjat Mohammadi)
Valiyollah Shirandami ... Homayouni - The Actor (as Vali Shirandami)
Hossein Kazbian ... Abdollah (The Servant)
Reza Kianian ... Dr. Arasteh (The Attorney)
Mahtaj Nojoomi ... Bahman's Sister
Parivash Nazarieh ... Farzaneh

Roya Nonahali ... Woman Hitch-Hiker
Bahman Farmanara ... Bahman Farjami
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammad Khatami ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Bahman Farmanara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bahman Farmanara 

Produced by
Morteza Shayesteh .... producer
Fazlollah Yousefpour .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ahmad Pezhman  (as Ahmad Pejman)
Cinematography by
Mahmoud Kalari 
Film Editing by
Abbas Ganjavi 
Production Design by
Zhila Mehrjui 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manfred Esmaeily .... first assistant director (as Manfred Essmaili)
Sound Department
Parviz Abnar .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine" - , USA (original subtitled version)
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Canada:93 min

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Director Bahman Farmanara's first film in 20 years since the establishment of the Islamic regime in Iran.See more »
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Kind of like Paul Mazursky's THE PICKLE, but more anguished, 8 May 2001

This extraordinarily bizarre film is a triumph of the crushingly

personal. Bahman Farmanara, an Iranian filmmaker thwarted in

his attempts to make movies for twenty-two years, made his

comeback with this autobiographical fragment that literally defies

all genre rules--it falls between every imaginable classification

stool. Its sole resemblance to other, more celebrated films of the

"Iranian New Wave" is in its acute meta-ness.

Farmanara, playing himself in the most pained self-portrait of a

director since Lucio Fulci's CAT IN THE BRAIN, finally gets a

project past the Iranian censors: a documentary for Japanese TV

on Iranian burial rituals. In what at first seems either like a ripoff of

Woody Allen, or a parody of TASTE OF CHERRY, Farmanara uses

this morbid premise as an excuse to rehearse his own death and

burial. What springs from this neurosis is neither funny, exactly,

nor poignant. It dances to the beat of its own drummer, as elusive

and smokelike in tone as a short story by Bruno Schulz or isaac

Babel. One cannot say that Farmanara has shed all the rust of

those twenty-two years; or, frankly, that his phlegmatic

performance--he looks like Harold Bloom feeling the weight of

world literature on his shoulders--works. But as an exemplar of

making movies as the voicing of individual feelings and beliefs,

SMELL OF CAMPHOR goes to the head of the class.

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