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Close-Up (1990)

Nema-ye Nazdik (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 30 October 1991 (France)
The true story of Hossain Sabzian, a cinephile who impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

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Abbas Kiarostami
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hossain Sabzian ... Self
Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... Self
Abolfazl Ahankhah Abolfazl Ahankhah ... Self
Mehrdad Ahankhah Mehrdad Ahankhah ... Self
Monoochehr Ahankhah Monoochehr Ahankhah ... Self
Mahrokh Ahankhah Mahrokh Ahankhah ... Self
Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi ... Self
Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni ... Family Friend
Hossain Farazmand Hossain Farazmand ... Reporter
Hooshang Shamaei Hooshang Shamaei ... Taxi Driver
Mohammad Ali Barrati Mohammad Ali Barrati ... Soldier
Davood Goodarzi Davood Goodarzi ... Sergeant
Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi ... Judge
Hassan Komaili Hassan Komaili ... Court Recorder
Davood Mohabbat Davood Mohabbat ... Court Recorder
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Storyline

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #519. See more »

Goofs

When Sabzian and Makhmalbaf meet, there is a bundle in Sabzian's hand. He gets on the motorbike with the bundle in his hand. Later on, during their ride on the motorbike, the bundle is not there any more. See more »

Crazy Credits

The film's title doesn't appear on screen until almost sixteen minutes into the film. See more »

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The greatest film of our time
9 June 2006 | by antcol8See all my reviews

A Russian nesting doll, a mise en abime, a mediation on the intense need to create, a riff on the impossibility of true "documentary", a loving snipe at the more ethnic or folklorical of the two great Iranian directors. A film where a can rolling down the street functions as a beautifully observed, understated poetic trope. A film that examines the whole notion of "image". A film that shows us the richness and depth of a society which we so often reduce to a series of negative clichés. A film with humor and compassion for all of its characters, but that doesn't bang you over the head with it. A radical approach to narrative which reconciles both post - narrative and post - post - narrative approaches to cinema. A film that makes you think, without slathering on any kind of "message". A film that brings up issues pertinent to film itself: questions of representation,storytelling, form, truth,etc. A freaking masterpiece!


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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

30 October 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Close-Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,670, 2 January 2000

Gross USA:

$2,670
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (2K restored version) (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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