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Release Date:
3 August 2007 (USA) See more »
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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? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2005 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Directed by
Majid Majidi 
 
Writing credits
Majid Majidi (idea)

Majid Majidi (screenplay) and
Fouad Nahas (screenplay) &
Nasser Hashemzadeh (screenplay)

Produced by
Majid Majidi .... producer
Seyyed Saeed Seyedzadeh .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ahmad Pezhman 
 
Cinematography by
Bahram Badakshani (some scenes)
Mahmoud Kalari 
 
Film Editing by
Hassan Hassandoost 
 
Production Design by
Behzad Kazzazi 
 
Set Decoration by
Saeed Ahangarani 
 
Makeup Department
Mehdi Habibipur .... second makeup artist
Jahanjou Jafari .... makeup artist (as Jahanjoo Jafary)
Mohsen Mossavi .... makeup designer
Affarine Sadeghi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Javad Noruzbegi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Waheed Kashi .... second assistant director
Hasan Najafi .... first assistant director (as Hassan Najafi)
Behzad Rafi .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hossein Bashash .... boom operator
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... re-recording mixer
Yadollah Najafi .... sound recordist
Amir Tusi .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Mohsen Ruzbahani .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sianoosh Nasiriziba .... digital effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hashem Attar .... still photographer
Mohammad Davudi .... cinematographer: some scenes
Mohammad Ibrahimian .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Sianoosh Nasiriziba .... animator
 
Other crew
Bahman Dadashi .... technical advisor
Hormoz Larijani .... financial manager
Nava Rohani .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beed-e majnoon" - Iran (original title)
"Weeping Willow" - International (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
USA:96 min | Canada:96 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
2005 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), 17 September 2005
Author: Jamester from Canada

I saw this at the 2005 TIFF to a packed audience.

This was an eye-opening movie in a couple ways.

Not only is this drama about a blind Iranian man who unexpectedly comes upon sight during a routine eye operation in Paris, but it opened my eyes to the value of sight in life.

The main character in this movie has been living life without sight for 38 years, so much so that we see the habits, the challenges, the braille reading, and the support his friends and family give him and which he is subtly dependent upon. Yet when this miraculous chance to see gives him, shall we say, a second chance, what does he do with it? In fact what would anyone do with it? What I liked most about this was that the challenge posed to the lead character and the choices he made were so very real with the challenges and dilemma of his choices and frustration clear. This made me consider the choices *I* have been making in life. If I were given a second chance with anything, what would *I* do with it? This was a thought-provoking movie that took me into a world I have never experienced. And while I have seen movies about blind people, this movie really seemed to capture the view of life from this particular blind man: his challenges; his decisions; and most importantly, his emotional state.

This is a smart and very real movie that was moving, thought-provoking. Visually speaking, the weaving of light with dark scenes allows the story to further come to life giving a final illumination on a story that shares, sympathizes and delivers.

This is a well-done piece of work! Congratulations!

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