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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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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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Surprisingly good, though uneven, movie about writer's block
15 October 2010 | by Felonious-PunkSee all my reviews

Story and Photography: I loved the photography in this movie. It wasn't sepia tone, it was aged and muted, as if we are looking at hazy, creased old photographs. It's probably closest in look to Bresson's "Four Nights of a Dreamer." But the cinematography in "Pear Tree" isn't the only thing it has going for it. The setting itself is a gloriously beautiful Iranian village, full of gardens, mountains and golden afternoons. The movie also offers surprising dashes of comedy to compliment its nostalgic, somewhat trite main plot about a man remembering an unrequited love he had in his boyhood for an older girl. It all passes tolerably, and is actually touchingly sweet, until about two thirds of the way when the movie seems to lose focus, and the plot gets tangled up in politics, the Iranian Revolution, women's rights, overt symbolism, and an imitation of Fellini's "8 1/2." At this point, it feels as if the writer gave up on organizing his or her ideas and decided to just dump in every tangential idea and let the audience sort it out. Luckily, by the end, the movie returns its focus back on its stronger qualities: splendid photography, splendid portraits of nature, of shadows and light, and its simple but timeless story of a man learning how to love in a finite world.

Acting and Direction: The acting by the leads is very good, though some of the supporting actors are noticeably weaker. Some of the direction sometimes seems out of place, overly dramatic, as if it is the work of theatrical stage director making his or her film debut. For the most part though, long-time director Mehrjui offers us a work of tenderness that strives and sometimes succeeds in being both uniquely Iranian and, somehow at the same time, fantastically universal.


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