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The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

Bad ma ra khahad bord (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 November 1999 (France)
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.

Director:

Abbas Kiarostami

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Cast

Credited cast:
Behzad Dorani Behzad Dorani ... Engineer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noghre Asadi Noghre Asadi
Roushan Karam Elmi Roushan Karam Elmi
Bahman Ghobadi
Shahpour Ghobadi Shahpour Ghobadi
Reihan Heidari Reihan Heidari
Masood Mansouri Masood Mansouri
Ali Reza Naderi Ali Reza Naderi
Frangis Rahsepar Frangis Rahsepar
Masoameh Salimi Masoameh Salimi
Farzad Sohrabi Farzad Sohrabi
Lida Soltani Lida Soltani
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wind Will Carry Us See more »

Filming Locations:

Siah Dareh, Kurdistan, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,417, 30 July 2000

Gross USA:

$259,510

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$259,510
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Company Credits

Production Co:

MK2 Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a reference to a poem written by famous modern Iranian female poet Forough Farrokhzad. See more »

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When the engineer is driving back from the mountain, he stops and picks up someone who is walking down the road and starts talking to him, but when the camera shows the car from long shot for the first time, there is no one in the car other than the engineer. See more »

Quotes

Engineer: Hurry up. Get in.
Farzad: I can't come now.
Engineer: Why?
Farzad: I need one more answer for the exam.
Engineer: What is it?
Farzad: The fourth question.
Engineer: You don't know the answer?
Farzad: No.
Engineer: Why?
Farzad: Because I don't.
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Sights and sounds of life in calm vivid detail
21 October 2010 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Another user who reviewed the film speaks of a film so full of 'symbolism' that he couldn't grasp. Maybe because it wasn't there? I'm generally not a fan of minimalism but Kiarostami grips me like no one else. I went out to take the trash after watching this and everything around me felt more alive, the nightsky, moon, trees blowing in the wind, I experienced all this in expansive vivid detail like new life was breathed into them. This is what a Kiarostami film does to me. It's about the sights and sounds of a life simple and profound in that simplicity, profound in the stoic sense of an old man sitting down in the same place every day to sip his tea. The wisdom here is not one of tremendous insight into something we didn't know, but a remembrance of something we knew and have forgotten and need to listen as the wind carries it back. Maybe the next world is beautiful muses a country doctor to our protagonist as they cross golden fields of wheat blowing in the wind, but no one has come back to tell us, so the present world is all we have; and how beautiful it is.

Beautiful Persian Zen.

The film is about waiting for something to happen, waiting for the death of an old woman which an engineer from Tehran and two of his associates have come to document; waiting for a narrative. Every now and then the engineer's cell phone rings, he has poor signal so he must rush to his car and drive to a nearby hill to get good signal. On top of the rocky hill there's a man digging a ditch, sight unseen, and the engineer idly chats with him down in his hole. That man digs up a thigh bone that once belonged to someone, the cemetery of the nearby village is on that hill, and throws it up to our curious protagonist. He stores it away in his car, a symbol of life come and gone. In the end he throws it down a creek and we see the old fickle bone flow down the water. All the symbolism in the film speaks for itself. Trees lush green and fields yellow golden with wheat and a hot dusty wind blowing over this.

I have great admiration for the way Kiarostami makes films. He's so open to the filmmaking process, no strings attached, script, rehearsal, staging, all the mechanics subordinate to the real deal. It takes balls to go into this with as little safeguards. A lot of the film seems to have been improvised on the spot, in that small Iranian village, the faces are real, their casual chitchat the casual chitchat of real people. Take him or leave him, not a lot of people can make films the way he does and make them good.


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