When an old couple washes their gabbeh - a type of Persian rug - a young woman magically appears and tells them her life story.

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Influenced by Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates (1969) See more »

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Featured in The Movie Show: Episode dated 23 April 1997 (1997) See more »

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A terrible beauty
9 April 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

Is it racist to insist that this is the most beautiful film I have ever seen? I say racist, because much of what is 'merely' beautiful to me is part of a rich symbolic texture I couldn't always get; concentrating on aesthetics may seem to rob a film of its political force. That it has such force is proven by its being banned in its country of origin - Makhmalbaf's hiding behind allegory cannot disguise his impassioned analysis of poverty, the oppressiveness of tradition or the loneliness of women in a patriarchal society. This is a film full of nature's marvel, yet shows how 'nature' is often used to justify social repression - as the teacher's lesson demonstrates, if the creation of the gabbeh (an ornamental, narrative carpet) is art in nature's image, than nature (and the rules it inspires) is merely a recreation of ours.


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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 »

Filming Locations:

Iran

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Gross USA:

$532,629

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$532,629
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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