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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.

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Majid Majidi

Writer:

Majid Majidi
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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:

Fouad Nahas See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Selected as Iran's submission in the Best Foreign Film category for the 2001 Oscars. 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: From the hot fire of being apart, comes the flame that burns the heart.
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A Touching Film
20 November 2003 | by katielubsobiSee all my reviews

Baran is the story of an Iranian construction worker, Latif, who is not really doing his job - he serves tea and food to the rest of the workers, managing to avoid the really hard work. He is at first a hot-tempered, selfish youth - but then, 'Rahman', an illegal Afghanistan imigrant, comes to work. He is a young, weak worker, and is at once put in Latif's job - and Rahman does a better job, too. Jealous and angry, Latif tries to make life miserable for his new adversary... until he accidentally discovers that 'Rahman' is not a boy - 'Rahman' is 'Baran', a woman.

Latif, who even though used to be a careless youth, always had a soft, romantic spot in his heart - and when he realizes Baran is a woman, he falls in love with her. He seeks to protect and help her, and his entire life is slowly and surely changed for the better because of her.

Many people have critisized this film, saying it's poorly acted, the script is badly written, etc. Please remember: this is not a Hollywood movie! This movie is not in the least bit American, therefore the viewer needs to be open minded to the different culture of Iranian cinema. Baran never says a single word in the entire film. 'BARAN' is a beautiful romantic drama filled with angst and stunning visual scapes. I give it 8 out of 10 stars.


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