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Crimson Gold (2003)
"Talaye sorkh" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 September 2003 (UK)
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An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hossain Emadeddin ...
Hussein
Kamyar Sheisi ...
Ali
Azita Rayeji ...
The Bride
Shahram Vaziri ...
The Jeweler
Ehsan Amani ...
The Man in the Tea House
Pourang Nakhael ...
The Rich Man
Kaveh Najmabadi ...
The Seller
Saber Safael ...
The Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Behnaz Houri
Mehran Rajabi
Ramin Rastad
Yadollah Samadian
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For Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, the imbalance of the social system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. One day when his friend, Ali, shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein discovers a receipt of payment and cannot believe the large sum of money someone spent to purchase an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. His job allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in, for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. But one night, Hussein tastes the luxurious life, before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$17,427 (USA) (16 January 2004)

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This film was never distributed to Iranian cinemas because it was considered too "dark" by Ministry of Culture of Iran. Therefore, it was not able to be considered as the Iranian entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2003 Oscars because it was not released in Iran. See more »

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Takes its time, but never boring
28 June 2006 | by (Riverside, California) – See all my reviews

It's positively amazing what you can sometimes get with non-professional actors, basically playing themselves, especially compared to the many times that real actors flub things entirely. This film follows the sad trajectory of a disaffected pizza delivery driver in Tehran, but while his journey is rooted in reality and presented, aside from the cuts from one scene to another, in something much like real time including all the boring waiting periods (and without the comforting style of similar scenes in Chinatown), the story itself is almost fantastical, probably in part because the people Hussein meets are, to no small degree, more symbolic than anything. The story is heartbreaking and the visuals held my interest without being flashy in the least. Most interestingly, director Jafar Panahi provides us with a removed, rational view of modern Iranian society even as he shows his considerable skill in unobtrusively guiding us along with one man's unfortunate journey.


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