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Baran (2001)

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In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives.

Director:

Majid Majidi

Writers:

Majid Majidi, Fouad Nahas (script advisor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hossein Abedini Hossein Abedini ... Lateef
Zahra Bahrami Zahra Bahrami ... Baran
Mohammad Amir Naji ... Memar
Hossein Mahjoub Hossein Mahjoub ... Bric-A-Brac Trader
Abbas Rahimi Abbas Rahimi ... Soltan
Gholam Ali Bakhshi Gholam Ali Bakhshi ... Najaf
Jafar Tawakoli Jafar Tawakoli ... Inspector
Yadollah Hedayati Yadollah Hedayati ... Lors workers' chief
Parviz Larijani Parviz Larijani ... Shop owner
Mahmoud Behraznia Mahmoud Behraznia ... Building Contractor
Pasha Barabadi Pasha Barabadi ... Inspector
Kamal Parto Kamal Parto ... Inspector
Maghsood Moghadan Maghsood Moghadan ... Turkish workers' chief
Peiman Daraian Peiman Daraian ... Building Engineer
Mohammadollah Dad Mohammadollah Dad ... Middleman in the Bazar
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Storyline

Young Lateef works on a construction site in Tehran with some Turks and a few illegal Afghan workers. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, however, Lateef discovers Rahmat's secret--he is a girl named Baran. Latif's heart softens towards Baran and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. When government inspectors force all Afghans to be fired from the site, Lateef discovers he cannot bear to be without her. Jeopardizing social standing and endangering his own well being, Lateef stops at nothing to save his love. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

10 October 2001 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,702, 9 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,900, 19 May 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Majid Majidi's 5th feature film. See more »

Goofs

When Lateef travels to meet Soltan, director 'Majid Majidi' is reflected in the glass in the bus. See more »

Quotes

Afghan cobbler: A man alone is a neighbor of God.
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hypnotic love story
13 May 2005 | by cs_weaverSee all my reviews

One of the aspects of this film not touched by other reviews here is the quality of the directing. it is incredible how as you watch the film your natural inclination to see the situation solved is completely drowned out by the motion of the film. Its unusual to find such a philosophical film that keeps both your eyes and heart wide awake.

The truly altruistic nature of love, the crazy things it makes you do and not regret are born out in this film in beautiful ways. From an Iranian perspective it is an interesting look at cross-cultural phenomena but I think the average American doesn't know enough about Afghani, Kurdish and Iranian culture to appreciate that.

You see this coming from the start but I'll warn you that the next thing I say might spoil part of the film for you:

My favorite scene is at the end when she drops her burka as she realizes he loves her, realizing how dangerous her beauty is, how it has left this poor boy in emotional and financial chaos and how she cannot do anything to help.


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