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The Willow Tree (2005)

Beed-e majnoon (original title)
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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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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$25,525 (USA) (7 March 2008)
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The Graph Of A Man. ♦ 84%
27 November 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

Never have I seen such a topic on-reel. And Majid Majidi does it with finesse, cooked up with traces of sentiments and etching up emotions into a beautiful layer of life lesson.

The Willow Tree talks about a taciturn, blind professor and his lives, before and after a surgery that changes his life forever. Before, he is calm and loving. He loves his family & work. Then comes life values and when God puts him on test, things go pumping and wrecking. What brought luck to him, snatches all his glorious memories and turns him into something he never thought he'd become.

The plot goes heavy on the darker and duller side towards the end, depicting how life can turn upside down, if we slip the path once. Chiefly, it talks about the dangers of life that we want or never ever dreamed of. Lots of thing depicted, lots of things to learn, this film is a perfect blend of life and interpretation. It cannot be debated as to why the divine power creates things as they are and this story gives us a promising insight. Cast is so beautifully active, the message is brightly conveyed. Music is very good.

BOTTOM LINE: Majidi is a master and as like all his films, this one is another feather in his hat.

Profanity/Vulgarity/Sex/Porn: No | Violence: Mediocre | Gore/Alcohol/Smoking: No | Gore: Mediocre


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