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Bacheha-Ye aseman (1997)
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
Every time I watch an Iranian film I am amazed, it's not only Kiarostami, also Asghar Farhadi and Majid Majidi delight us with that special taste of simplicity and beauty. This film is so simple, the conflict is so childish, the approaching is so innocent that you find yourself sharing the anguish the little characters have to deal with, even when the problem is not such a big one. If you side this with a superb photography work and with the great work of all the actors involved (How he managed to reveal such natural emotions on those kids???) what you get is a genuine piece of charming cinema, with images and emotions that will follow you long after the film has concluded. Watch this film if interested on how other cultures face day-to-day, and how children see the environment they're surrounded by. Simply beautiful.
Les quatre cents coups (1959)
Not bad at all, but a little bit disappointed.
I waited long to see this film as it is considered the starting point of what is called nouvelle vague, so the day came and I prepared to see a great film. Almost 2 hours later I ended up having a lot of sympathy and empathy for the boy and really thought it was a great piece of cinema I just experienced. But deep in my understanding I realized that I expected a lot more from it, even when I believe the cinematography is great, the script is good, the direction immaculate and obviously Antoine Doinel interpretation astonishing. But for being the beginning film of such an essential cinematic movement I found it lack of emotion, distant to the character, and the story did not catch me as I would like it to. Anyway, It's highly recommended as a principal matter of study on how french cinema went from poetic realism into nouvelle vague, a different kind of approaching to human perception of reality.