Friday, May 20, 2016

Taste of Cherry (1997)

Cannes Film Festival 1997

Palme d'Or
Abbas Kiarostami
Tied with The Eel (1997).

Zeitgeist Films
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Criterion Collection)

A middle aged Iranian man intent on committing suicide searches for someone to bury him the next morning. He drives around dusty landscapes near Tehran picking up various passengers and trying to convince them. A young soldier listens intently but runs away at the first opportunity and an Afghani seminary student argues against him on religious grounds, but he finally finds someone in an older Turkish man who works at a museum. It's tough going in this dialogue-heavy, snail-paced, enigmatic film from Kiarostami.

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