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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 1997 (#06). See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)
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Performed by Ahmad Zaher
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a pleasant surprise
26 April 2004 | by ak-22See all my reviews

My first taste of Kiarostami, whom I've read about for years. I was

worried that, as a filmmaker, Kiarostami would be as inaccessible

as Godard in the 80s. I was pleasantly surprised by A TASTE OF

CHERRY. It's a linear narrative, and the film's early ambiguity

concerning the driver's quest kept me guessing (I knew nothing

about this film going in, which was a real plus). The film's unusual

visual style, particularly the long unedited takes, works surprisingly

well for this type of story. I can understand why traditional

American filmgoers would be bored to tears by A TASTE OF

CHERRY, but for fans of independent and foreign film, it's a

worthwhile investment of your time. It probably works better with

an older audience that can identify with the world-weary

characters.


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