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The Willow Tree (2005)

Beed-e majnoon (original title)
Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?

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Majid Majidi

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Cast

Credited cast:
Parviz Parastui ... Youssef
Roya Taymourian ... Roya
Soghra Obeisi Soghra Obeisi ... Mother (as Afarin Obeisi)
Mohammad Amir Naji ... Morteza
Melika Eslafi Melika Eslafi ... Mariam
Leila Otadi Leila Otadi ... Pari (as Leila Outadi)
Mahmoud Behraznia Mahmoud Behraznia ... Mahmood
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawlat Asadi Dawlat Asadi ... Puya
Melika Aslafi Melika Aslafi ... Maryam
Ahmad Gavaheri Ahmad Gavaheri ... Cashani
Fouad Nahas Fouad Nahas ... Dr. Roque
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Blind since childhood, Youssef has a devoted wife, loving daughter, and successful university career, but his affliction fills him with secret torment. As if in answer to his prayers, a clinic restores his sight- a miracle that is double-edged. Although this new world of sight and color floods him with ecstacy- the breathtaking images seen through his reawakened eyes include a dazzling vista of snow-blanketed hills, a shower of molten gold sparks in a jewlery foundry, an array of lollipop lights behind a rain-speckled car window- it also plunges him into a labyrinth of confusion and temptations. A pretty student begins to enclipse his previously invisible wife; he silently watches a subway pickpoket, who fixes him with a look of withering complicity. Eager to claim the lost life he feels he is owed but unable to take the next step, Youssef is inflamed with possibility and paralyzed with egoism. A resonant metaphor for life's second chances and a powerful parable of sigh and insight, ... Written by Arya

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,048, 5 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,525, 9 March 2008
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2005 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
17 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

I saw this at the 2005 TIFF to a packed audience.

This was an eye-opening movie in a couple ways.

Not only is this drama about a blind Iranian man who unexpectedly comes upon sight during a routine eye operation in Paris, but it opened my eyes to the value of sight in life.

The main character in this movie has been living life without sight for 38 years, so much so that we see the habits, the challenges, the braille reading, and the support his friends and family give him and which he is subtly dependent upon. Yet when this miraculous chance to see gives him, shall we say, a second chance, what does he do with it? In fact what would anyone do with it? What I liked most about this was that the challenge posed to the lead character and the choices he made were so very real with the challenges and dilemma of his choices and frustration clear. This made me consider the choices *I* have been making in life. If I were given a second chance with anything, what would *I* do with it? This was a thought-provoking movie that took me into a world I have never experienced. And while I have seen movies about blind people, this movie really seemed to capture the view of life from this particular blind man: his challenges; his decisions; and most importantly, his emotional state.

This is a smart and very real movie that was moving, thought-provoking. Visually speaking, the weaving of light with dark scenes allows the story to further come to life giving a final illumination on a story that shares, sympathizes and delivers.

This is a well-done piece of work! Congratulations!


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