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Taste of Cherry (1997)

Ta'm e guilass (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 November 1997 (France)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

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Abbas Kiarostami
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Cast

Credited cast:
Homayoun Ershadi ... Mr. Badii
Abdolrahman Bagheri Abdolrahman Bagheri ... Mr. Bagheri
Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari ... Soldier
Safar Ali Moradi Safar Ali Moradi ... The soldier
Mir Hossein Noori Mir Hossein Noori ... The seminarian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmad Ansari Ahmad Ansari
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Taste of Cherry See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,688, 22 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$311,873, 22 November 1998
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Mr. Badii: I don't want to give you a gun to kill me. I'm giving you a spade, a spade.
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Connections

Referenced in The Road Home (1999) See more »

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Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)
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You can understand my pain, but you can not feel my pain
30 September 2007 | by raseczSee all my reviews

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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