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The Willow Tree (2005)
"Beed-e majnoon" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  3 August 2007 (USA)
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Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?

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Cast

Credited cast:
Parviz Parastui ...
Youssef
Roya Taymourian ...
Roya
Afarin Obeisi ...
Mother
Mohammad Amir Naji ...
Morteza
Melika Eslafi ...
Mariam
Leila Otadi ...
Pari (as Leila Outadi)
Mahmoud Behraznia ...
Mahmood
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawlat Asadi ...
Puya
Melika Aslafi ...
Maryam
Ahmad Gavaheri ...
Cashani
Fouad Nahas ...
Dr. Roque
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Blind since childhood, Youssef has a devoted wife, loving daughter, and successful university career, but his affliction fills him with secret torment. As if in answer to his prayers, a clinic restores his sight- a miracle that is double-edged. Although this new world of sight and color floods him with ecstacy- the breathtaking images seen through his reawakened eyes include a dazzling vista of snow-blanketed hills, a shower of molten gold sparks in a jewlery foundry, an array of lollipop lights behind a rain-speckled car window- it also plunges him into a labyrinth of confusion and temptations. A pretty student begins to enclipse his previously invisible wife; he silently watches a subway pickpoket, who fixes him with a look of withering complicity. Eager to claim the lost life he feels he is owed but unable to take the next step, Youssef is inflamed with possibility and paralyzed with egoism. A resonant metaphor for life's second chances and a powerful parable of sigh and insight, ... Written by Arya

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$6,048 (USA) (3 August 2007)

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4 September 2005 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

This film can be described as a companion piece to Majidi's highly acclaimed Color of Paradise. In that movie, in which a father saw his blind son as a burden and not as a blessing, we (& eventually the father) began to "see" the world from the blind boy's view and in doing so saw a much richer, meaningful world. Here, the characters of the father and the son are embodied in a single person: Yusef who after 38 years of being blind regains his sight. What he sees, however, is quite different to what he "saw" as a blind man, and not necessarily more beautiful or rewarding. Majidi takes the viewer to a higher, more spiritual world and in doing so creates another masterpiece. Majidi's movies are visually stunning and have such a profound effect on the viewer that when we leave the cinema, we see the world in a different light. Parviz Parastoui, one of the best actors in the Iranian cinema and theatre, is outstanding as Yusef. Also worth mentioning is Mahmood Kelari's exceptional photography. As in all Majidi films, there are scenes which will stay with you long after the movie is over.


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