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The Peddler (1987)

Dastforoush (original title)
| Drama | 1987 (Iran)
Consisting of three separate stories, the director explores "Man" as a theme: birth, life and death, to present a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic portrait of life at the bottom of the ... See full summary »

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Credited cast:
Mahmoud Basiri Mahmoud Basiri
Behzad Behzadpour Behzad Behzadpour
Jafar Dehghan Jafar Dehghan
Farid Koshan Falah Farid Koshan Falah
Zohreh Sarmadi Zohreh Sarmadi
Esmail Soltanian Esmail Soltanian
Morteza Zarrabi Morteza Zarrabi
Moharram Zaynalzadeh Moharram Zaynalzadeh
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Consisting of three separate stories, the director explores "Man" as a theme: birth, life and death, to present a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic portrait of life at the bottom of the socio-economic pile. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Strange and disturbing movie--actually three of them
28 February 2020 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Iranian movie Dastforoush was shown in the U.S. with the title The Peddler (1987). It was written and directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

I've seen other films by Makhmalbaf, which I've enjoyed, but I didn't enjoy this one. The first short film is very grim, but at least it made sense. The second and third films varied from strange to bizarre. (However, also very grim.)

In these three movies, there's not one cheerful moment, and not one smile. After 1 and 1/2 hours of this, I found myself depressed. Very discouraging, especially after the effort it took to find the film. (I finally tracked it down on eBay, as a VHS tape, used, and "withdrawn" from a library in Illinois.)

I was surprised that the movie had a not-so-bad IMDb rating of 6.9. I didn't think it was that good, so I gave it a 6.0.

P.S. Note that although several hundred people rated the film, I'm the first person to review it. That, in itself, is strange.


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