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Gabbeh (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 25 June 1997 (USA)
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An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Cast

Cast overview:
Abbas Sayah Abbas Sayah ... Uncle
Shaghayeh Djodat Shaghayeh Djodat ... Gabbeh
Hossein Moharami Hossein Moharami ... Old Man
Rogheih Moharami Rogheih Moharami ... Old Woman
Parvaneh Ghalandari Parvaneh Ghalandari
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An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two clean the rug. This young woman belongs to the clan whose history is depicted in the design of the gabbeh, and the rug recounts the story of the courtship of the young woman by a stranger from the clan. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

25 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det persiske teppet See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,818, 29 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$273,967, 10 August 1997
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Followed by The Gardener (2012) See more »

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Gabbeh - a real gem from Iran
8 July 2009 | by Bassam KassabSee all my reviews

The most enchanting movie I have seen in a long time. Visually stunning and breathtaking, like a trip to a museum that is rich with colorful paintings. Many beautifully chanted songs and little dialog. The best Iranian movie I have seen. And on an international level, it's the most artistic, yet not boring. The story comes out in colors, songs, and little dialog (suitable for those who don't like reading sub-titles).

This movie marries a fiction story with a documentary about a tribe and their tradition to make Gabbeh, a hand-woven carpet. The screenplay is very original and unusual -- in a good way. It definitely does not follow the clear-cut Hollywood recipe. This might confuse some viewers but this movie would be seen as a gem by other viewers who enjoy creativity.


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