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The Pear Tree (1998)

Derakhte Golabi (original title)
Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M".

Director:

Dariush Mehrjui

Writers:

Dariush Mehrjui, Goli Taraghi (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Homayoun Ershadi ... Mahmoud
Golshifteh Farahani ... M
Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori
Nematollah Gorji Nematollah Gorji ... Old gardener
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahou Alagha Ahou Alagha
Sassan Bagherpour Sassan Bagherpour
Jafar Bozorgi Jafar Bozorgi
Shaghayegh Farahani Shaghayegh Farahani
Aram Ghasemy Aram Ghasemy
Amir Ali Ghezelayagh Amir Ali Ghezelayagh
Shahram Haghighat Doost Shahram Haghighat Doost ... (as Shahram Haghighatdoost)
Rahman Hoseini Rahman Hoseini
Jahangir Mirshekari Jahangir Mirshekari
Maryam Moghbeli Maryam Moghbeli
Maliheh Nazari Maliheh Nazari
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Storyline

Mahmoud (Homayoun Ershadi) is a successful writer and intellectual who retreats to his family's rural estate in order to overcome a severe case of writer's block. While there, he begins to contemplate his life, comparing it to a pear tree in the yard which has stopped producing fruit. From there, the film chronicles Mahmoud's memories of the past, including his love towards his adolescent cousin and his fervent hopes for the future. A searching examination of the Iranian middle class, as well as a touching insight into the frustration and ambition of a man trying to hold onto the dreams of days gone by, 'The Pear Tree' also marks the debut of internationally acclaimed actress Golshifteh Farahani. Written by IMVBox.com

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grusza See more »

Filming Locations:

Damavand, Tehran, Iran

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A beautiful film so mellow you can almost smell the fruit
19 November 2001 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

A quiet gentle film guaranteed to soothe the most jangled nerves with its soft approach to life's little annoyances aand heartbreaks. A writer looks back on his early life as a twelve year old when he lived in a grand mansion and played in the extensive surrounding orchard of fruit trees. I felt like turning off in the first five minutes as the morose writer became more and more depressed with life in general as he struggles for inspiration to write more books and articles. But I'm very glad I kept watching because as he remembers about the happier days of his youth, the dark and shadowy set dissolves into a sun-kissed orchard with a family picnicking under the trees. The soft mellow tones of the photography are beautiful. This is probably what held me for there is very little story. It's more of a mood poem with a touch of mysticism. The pear tree referred to in the title is one in the orchard that refuses to bear fruit. The whys and wherefores are debated at great length. The gardener has watered it, fertilised it, spoken to it, encouraged it, begged it but to no avail...no fruit! An axe is sharpened, But as discussions proceed, the tree is imagined as a living person with good reasons to withhold its fruit. Thus it is spared. Nature they conclude knows best. There are other thought-provoking incidents, none of them overly dramatic, just simple realities of life like dressing up, climbing trees, riding bicycles, splashing about in a stream, being chastised for naughtiness, lighting fires and yearning for the girl of your dreams. Most viewers will align themselves with many of these incidents evoking memories of the days of their youth. The film ends on rather a sad note, but Heaven on earth does not last forever! The film has a lot to commend it. By the way, I am still intrigued with the arabic typewriter that the writer used to thump out the scrawling calligraphy.


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