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Talaye sorkh (2003)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 12 September 2003 (UK)
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An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

Director:

Jafar Panahi

Writer:

Abbas Kiarostami (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hossain Emadeddin Hossain Emadeddin ... Hussein
Kamyar Sheisi Kamyar Sheisi ... Ali
Azita Rayeji Azita Rayeji ... The Bride
Shahram Vaziri Shahram Vaziri ... The Jeweler
Ehsan Amani Ehsan Amani ... The Man in the Tea House
Pourang Nakhael Pourang Nakhael ... The Rich Man
Kaveh Najmabadi Kaveh Najmabadi ... The Seller
Saber Safael Saber Safael ... The Soldier
Yadollah Samadian Yadollah Samadian
Ramin Rastad Ramin Rastad
Behnaz Houri Behnaz Houri
Mehran Rajabi Mehran Rajabi
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Storyline

For Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, the imbalance of the social system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. One day when his friend, Ali, shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein discovers a receipt of payment and cannot believe the large sum of money someone spent to purchase an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. His job allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in, for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. But one night, Hussein tastes the luxurious life, before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema | Wellspring Media

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sang et or See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,427, 18 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$147,844, 27 June 2004
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Jafar Panahi's 4th feature film. See more »

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One of the best films of the year
13 January 2005 | by hyegodfather818See all my reviews

Crimson Gold, one of the best films of the year, is absolutely stunning from start to finish. It's gritty and captures the essence of the social struggles in Iran while consistently delivering messages on the struggles we all face in life regarding love and relationships. It's a humanistic film that is extremely subtle, which turned off several viewers (as does Taxi Driver, one of my all-time favorites). Jafar Panahi's slow pacing doesn't allow the film to go into incoherent territory, but again, some viewers may be turned off by this. The pacing is really what allows the messages to set in and provoke the viewers thoughts. It's worth every second of your time, don't miss this gem.

9/10


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