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Booye kafoor, atre yas (2000)

| Drama | April 2001 (USA)
Death surrounds Bahman, a director who hasn't made a film in 24 years (he can't get past the censors). He's working on a documentary, for Japanese TV, on Iranian burial practices. On the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Ebrahim Abadi
Dariush Asadzade ... (as Daryush Assadzadeh)
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi ... Memorial Sign Rental (as Firouz Behjat Mohammadi)
Valiyollah Shirandami ... Homayouni - The Actor (as Vali Shirandami)
Hossein Kazbian ... Abdollah (The Servant)
... Dr. Arasteh (The Attorney)
Mahtaj Nojoomi ... Bahman's Sister
... Farzaneh
... Woman Hitch-Hiker
... Bahman Farjami
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Death surrounds Bahman, a director who hasn't made a film in 24 years (he can't get past the censors). He's working on a documentary, for Japanese TV, on Iranian burial practices. On the anniversary of his wife's death, a hitchhiker tells him a story of spousal abuse and infant mortality, he discovers that someone has been buried in his plot next to his wife, and he needs the help of his attorney, a well-connected fixer. He dreams of death, even as he investigates it for his film. His niece's husband, a well-known writer, fails to return home; he searches hospitals for an unclaimed body. His heart disease is flaring up. Is he prepared for death? Is that all that's left? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine  »

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$9,874, 8 April 2001, Limited Release

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$9,874, 8 April 2001
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Director Bahman Farmanara's first film in 20 years since the establishment of the Islamic regime in Iran. See more »

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Kind of like Paul Mazursky's THE PICKLE, but more anguished
8 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This extraordinarily bizarre film is a triumph of the crushingly

personal. Bahman Farmanara, an Iranian filmmaker thwarted in

his attempts to make movies for twenty-two years, made his

comeback with this autobiographical fragment that literally defies

all genre rules--it falls between every imaginable classification

stool. Its sole resemblance to other, more celebrated films of the

"Iranian New Wave" is in its acute meta-ness.

Farmanara, playing himself in the most pained self-portrait of a

director since Lucio Fulci's CAT IN THE BRAIN, finally gets a

project past the Iranian censors: a documentary for Japanese TV

on Iranian burial rituals. In what at first seems either like a ripoff of

Woody Allen, or a parody of TASTE OF CHERRY, Farmanara uses

this morbid premise as an excuse to rehearse his own death and

burial. What springs from this neurosis is neither funny, exactly,

nor poignant. It dances to the beat of its own drummer, as elusive

and smokelike in tone as a short story by Bruno Schulz or isaac

Babel. One cannot say that Farmanara has shed all the rust of

those twenty-two years; or, frankly, that his phlegmatic

performance--he looks like Harold Bloom feeling the weight of

world literature on his shoulders--works. But as an exemplar of

making movies as the voicing of individual feelings and beliefs,

SMELL OF CAMPHOR goes to the head of the class.


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