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A Moment of Innocence (1996)

Nun va Goldoon (original title)
A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.

Director:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mirhadi Tayebi Mirhadi Tayebi ... The Policeman
Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... The Director
Ali Bakhsi Ali Bakhsi ... The Young Policeman
Ammar Tafti Dehghan Ammar Tafti Dehghan ... The Young Director (as Ammar Tafti)
Maryam Mohamadamini Maryam Mohamadamini ... The Young Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moharram Zaynalzadeh Moharram Zaynalzadeh
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Storyline

A forty year old ex-cop goes to Tehran to meet with the director Makmalbaf and act in his latest film. Twenty years ago the director had wounded the policeman with a knife in an attempt to disarm him to take his gun. The filmmaker, who fought against the Shah's regime, was arrested and spent several years in prison. So, today, he proposes to man to reconstruct the story cinematically: each of them will choose a guy to play their roles. The boys chosen take things very seriously and, in the end, will not fight, but rather, will offer one another... the bread and flowers! Written by aa

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

9 April 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Innocence See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,997, 14 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,598, 4 July 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Spectacular!
5 May 2004 | by headtrauma420See all my reviews

There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about this film. I was lucky enough to attend a screening of this gem last night at the Alamo Drafthouse. The show was nearly sold out, for good reason.

This film is about a real life experience that Mohsen Makhmalbaf had at the age of seventeen. When he was seventeen, he stabbed a police man while participating in a demonstration. He was imprisoned for five years. Twenty years after this event took place, he has made amends with the policeman he stabbed and is now making a film about this incident.

The film is a work of art. It is beautifully shot, with no over the top camera work and editing. The film is masterfully directed and it is very humanistic. This film will probably prove to be one if the most important films in the history of cinema, especially to Iranian filmmakers. I would recommend this film to any and everybody.


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