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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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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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The director refused to have his fingerprints taken for a temporary visa and, therefore, did not attend the American premiere. See more »

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Takes its time, but never boring
28 June 2006 | by cwxSee all my reviews

It's positively amazing what you can sometimes get with non-professional actors, basically playing themselves, especially compared to the many times that real actors flub things entirely. This film follows the sad trajectory of a disaffected pizza delivery driver in Tehran, but while his journey is rooted in reality and presented, aside from the cuts from one scene to another, in something much like real time including all the boring waiting periods (and without the comforting style of similar scenes in Chinatown), the story itself is almost fantastical, probably in part because the people Hussein meets are, to no small degree, more symbolic than anything. The story is heartbreaking and the visuals held my interest without being flashy in the least. Most interestingly, director Jafar Panahi provides us with a removed, rational view of modern Iranian society even as he shows his considerable skill in unobtrusively guiding us along with one man's unfortunate journey.


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