Sunday, March 11, 2007

Taste of Cherry (1997)

***½
Iran/France

It's so easy to mistake careful, poignant observation for banality in the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami that it becomes dangerously tempting to reconsider the banality - when it is genuine - as careful observation instead. Elements of both can be found in this, his Palme d'or-winning study of a middle aged man's deliberation of why life is and isn't worth living.

wr/dir: Abbas Kiarostami
cast: Homayon Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi Mir Hossein Noori

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