Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.
Roushan Karam Elmi
A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth ... See full summary »
While the teacher is faced towards the blackboard, one of the students makes some funny noises. The teacher can't find the person who did that, so he decides to dismiss a group of students ... See full summary »
Hedayat Matin Daftari
Middle-aged Mr.Badii is planning to commit suicide and desperately seeks anyone to assist him - he has already dug out the grave in the mountains, but the assistant will have to bury him when he will do the deed. He asks Kurd soldier, Afghan seminarian, but everyone refuses by some reason. Finally he finds an old Turkish taxidermist, who has a sick son and previously attempted suicide himself, and he agrees to assist Badii.Written by
Abbas Kiarostami shot each of his actors separately with him either sitting in the driver's or passenger seat. He would instigate conversations with his non-professional actors and film the responses. See more »
In the opening scene, as Mr. Badhi is driving past laborers looking for work, the same middle-aged white haired man, wearing a checkered sweater vest, is seen twice. See more »
I don't want to give you a gun to kill me. I'm giving you a spade, a spade.
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You can understand my pain, but you can not feel my pain
A car slows down in front of some laborers. The driver tries to get their attention. Is the driver gay and trying to pick up a trick?
The driver gives a ride to a soldier from Kurdistan. The soldier is heading back to his post after some R&R. The driver convinces the soldier to take a longer route back to the army camp. This gives the driver time to detail a strange request. The soldier is not interested and flees.
Next the driver picks up an Afghani security guard. The request is repeated.
Eventually the driver seems to find someone who acquiesces to execute the request. After all money will be paid.
I did not like the way Kiarostami chose to close the film. Cinema is often about make-believe and here the final scenes unnecessarily break that promise. A better terminus was obviously available a few shots before. But maybe it was done this way to avoid problems with the religious authorities.
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