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Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)

Bab'Aziz (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 May 2006 (Hungary)
The story of a blind dervish Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years.


Nacer Khemir


Tonino Guerra (collaboration), Nacer Khemir
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Parviz Shahinkhou Parviz Shahinkhou ... Bab'Aziz
Maryam Hamid Maryam Hamid ... Ishtar
Golshifteh Farahani ... Nour
Mohamed Grayaâ Mohamed Grayaâ ... Osman
Hossein Panahi Hossein Panahi ... Red Dervish
Nessim Khaloul Nessim Khaloul ... Zaid
Hessam Hassanipour Hessam Hassanipour ... Hassan
Hamed Hassanipour Hamed Hassanipour ... Hossein
Morteza Zare Morteza Zare ... Ramadan
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi Mohsen Ghazi Moradi ... Intendant
Ali Asghar Nejat Ali Asghar Nejat ... The Horse Rider
Kaveh Khodashenas Kaveh Khodashenas ... Prince
Jahansooz Fooladi Jahansooz Fooladi ... Old Prince Dervish (as Jahan Souz Fouladi)
Abdelmajid Lakhal Abdelmajid Lakhal ... Old Calligrapher / Calligrapher
Razi Amiri Razi Amiri ... The Smuggler


Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own--including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. A fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. Written by Anonymous

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Red dervish: Sweep with your soul, before your beloved's door. Only then will you become her lover.
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Think at Parajanov
27 June 2008 | by p_radulescuSee all my reviews

Images are of a haunting beauty: the immensity of the desert, the rare trees, birds, rocks trying to make their life there, the sudden oasis with houses made of clay, the paradox of ghost houses surrounded by myriads of people, the mosque, unexpected and weird, like the church from Tarkovski's Stalker.

The music is great, and makes the movie a ballad: it is like the songs make the statement and images and dialog just emphasize. Of course songs are not translated, but give you the mood.

It is not easy at all to follow the story: it comes from a very different culture, with its own rhythms, its own poetry, its own logical connections. For us it is like floating in plain paradox.

For those who haven't seen it yet, think at the movies of Parajanov. It is not an easy movie, but if you overcome the difficulties, you'll get the incomparable beauty of the story.

There are moments that do not come often to us - we should be prepared for them. Encounter with love, with death. Death as the way to enter the great realm that we lost at birth.

And the granddaughter, learning this lesson of life on the way, along with us, who are watching the movie and follow her journey.

Great movie!

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Persian | Arabic

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11 May 2006 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Bab'Aziz: Le Prince Qui Contemplait Son Âme See more »

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$3,286, 10 February 2008

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