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Taste of Cherry

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Emerging out of an Iranian cinema renaissance, TASTE OF CHERRY is seen by many as its crowning achievement. The story of somber yet intense Mr. Badii and his journey through Tehran, the film emerges as a sort of spiritual road movie. Intent on finding an aid for his planned suicide, Badii encounters citizens from every walk of life; a trash collector, a soldier, and a seminarian, all of whom refuse to help him, either out of a sense of religion or personal morality. Seen from the car, the dusty landscape and sumptuous golden dusk light of Tehran play a central role in the film, penetrating every scene. Finally a jocular taxidermist agrees to help, all the while trying to sell Badii on the quotidian joys of nature and everyday life. The meandering pace of the film gently unfurls in a series of encounters and dialogues that form its core, revealing the character not only of Badii, but also of Iranians and humans in general.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1997

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TAS20

  • Credits
    Homayon Ershadi, Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolhossein Bagheri, Afshin Bakhtiari, Ali Moradi, Hossein Noori, Ahmad Ansari, Hamid Massomi, Elham Imani
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[To some TASTE OF CHERRY] will seem a meditative masterpiece..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[A] sensual dissertation..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Simple and profound....Thoughtful..."
    Film Comment

    "...A gorgeous work..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[A] deeply humanistic portrait..."
    Premiere

    "...[A] soaring parable....There's a strong elliptical quality to Kiarostami's style, which underlies the filmmaker's ability to maintain focus with considerable emotional force and depth with great precision..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[The] simple premise and sparse form reveal a deeply poignant picture of a middle-aged man confronting an intense ethical dilemma."
    Sight and Sound

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