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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?

Director:

Majid Majidi

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Majid Majidi (idea), Majid Majidi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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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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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Willow tree Iranian movie a great one to see!
3 August 2007 | by ramesh-17See all my reviews

A very good movie. The actors and the director have done an awesome job. The photography is pure poetry. The places and the locations are very evocative. The story is very deep. It makes you see the world with totally different eyes. A simple plot of a blind man regaining his sight is turned into into a masterpiece of emotions. Some scenes in the movie are really powerful and are there to stay within you, deep inside. Yusef the hero of the film is a strong character. Depite his blindness, as a professor he has done a lot and won the respect and the hearts of the people. But when he gets his sights back the world around him is totally different and he struggles even more. He is not able to cope with what he sees and his image of his wife and the family and his mother all confuse him. He finds his friends wife attractive and becomes obsessed with meeting her and hearing her voice etc. The scenes depicting Yusef's desires and the confusion are a marvel in direction and acting. There are some over dramatic elements in this movie that could have been avoided but even those scenes have a point in touching the viewer a bit deep and making the point. All in All a superb film. Makes one wonder


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