18 user 23 critic

A Moment of Innocence (1996)

Nun va Goldoon (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 April 1997 (France)
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.


Mohsen Makhmalbaf
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

policeman | bread | gun | flower | winter | See All (39) »


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?

User Reviews

Straight from the life right into the heart
5 May 2006 | by hbarbarossaSee all my reviews

Despite its technical flaws here and there, due to the (in)capabilities under which Iran filmmakers have to work -as I'm told-, it would not be an exaggeration to name this film one of the best of all times.

While reflecting or hinting at several 'layers' of personal and social conflicts and dilemmas roaming the daily lives of the youth and eld, native and universal, of the present and the past as well with a striking and effective language; at the same time it makes the viewer laugh one's guts out with the natural and fluent comedy. I daresay Chaplin style.

(Spoiler ahead) Aside from the magnificent bread and flower moment at the end, one of the best scenes is when the girl rushes into a watch repairer's shop filled up with hundreds of watches and clocks, asks the time and is answered "I don't know, these are all broken, we repair them here!" (Paraphrased.)

Don't miss it.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Iran | France



Release Date:

9 April 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Innocence See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,997, 14 November 1999

Gross USA:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed