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Crimson Gold (2003)

Talaye sorkh (original title)
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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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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Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,476, 18 January 2004

Gross USA:

$148,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,768
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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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After completion, the Iranian Ministry of Guidance insisted that cuts be made to the film, which Panahi refused, leading to the film being banned in Iran, even for private screenings. See more »

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Bravely depicts the powerlessness of the individual
3 January 2005 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Winner of the Jury Award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival but sadly banned in Iran, Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold shows the growing chasm in Iran between rich and poor and the psychological effects of living under a regime based on fundamentalist religion. Written by famous Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, it is based on a newspaper account of a similar incident that took place several years ago in Tehran. The film opens inside a jewelry store where a robbery is taking place. As a crowd gathers, the robber is trapped when the security system is released and the bars close over the front door. Flashbacks then show the events that led up to the crime and the film speculates as to what might have led to this act of desperation.

Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin), an alienated heavy set man who hides his emotions, is a pizza deliveryman in Tehran who takes cortisone shots to relieve the pain of injuries sustained in the Iran-Iraq War. He is engaged to be married to his friend Ali's (Kamyar Sheissi) sister but they communicate little. Ali is a thief who snatches women's purses but is an amateur bungler who rarely scores a big take. On examining the contents of a purse with Hussein at a restaurant, they discover the receipt for an expensive necklace and their fascination leads them to visit the jewelry store where it was purchased. When the owner refuses to let them in the store because of their dress, resentment boils.

Another incident reinforces this hurt. Hussein is forced by security police to wait outside a building as they arrest people attending a party for allegedly violating the social code of the regime that prohibits men and women from dancing together. Though he good-naturedly hands out pizzas to the police and the detainees waiting outside the building, he is upset at the manner in which he is treated. A bizarre final sequence raises Hussein's anger to the breaking point. He delivers a pizza to a lavish penthouse apartment where he is invited in by the wealthy tenant (Pourang Nakaheal), a young man who recently returned to Iran after staying with his parents in the U.S. The man, who appears to be lonely, talks incessantly, complaining about the "city of lunatics" he has returned to. As the young man chats on the cell phone, Hussein wanders through the house amazed at its affluence. He finds a rooftop swimming pool and jumps in fully clothed, then sits on the roof simply gazing at the city below. Fuming inwardly, the very next day he walks into the jewelry store with a loaded gun.

Crimson Gold bravely depicts the powerlessness of the individual in an authoritarian society, yet Hussein's emotional repressiveness and the telegraphing of the final outcome dilutes the film's tension, almost to the point of lethargy. To his credit, Panahi makes a strong statement but does not wallow in polemics, making it clear that the crime results from a combination of both social and psychological factors. Hussein is not an ordinary individual beaten down by the system but a walking time bomb, a man physically and mentally damaged by the war, uncommunicative, and humiliated by each slight, no matter how minor. Like Hussein, Panahi knows something about the feeling of being trapped and humiliated and his experience lends immediacy to the film. In 2001, the director was detained, then chained to a bench for ten hours because he refused to be fingerprinted and photographed by US authorities at JFK airport, a reminder that assaults upon human dignity are not limited to a single country.


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