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Taʹm e guilass

Taste of cherry
(DVD - 1999 - Persian)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Taʹm e guilass


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Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life.
Title: Taʹm e guilass
Taste of cherry
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] :, Criterion Collection,, c1999.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. :,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: theatrical trailer, interview with Kiarostami by Jamsheed Akrami, filmography, scene access.
Summary: Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life.
Alternate Title: Taste of cherry
ISBN: 0780022106
9780780022102
Branch Call Number: PN1997 .T34 1999
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Report This Nov 12, 2012
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Our protagonist drives around the almost treeless hills of Iran looking for someone to shovel dirt on his corpse after he suicides. The pace is very slow and the dialog is sparse. Although the discussions of the morality of suicide are framed in Islamic terminology, they are essentially the same as in Christian theology. He meets a Kurd, an Afghani, and a Turk among other Irani. They show him kindness, but try to dissuade him from killing himself. If you are patient and willing to work at it you can get a very human feel for Iran.

Report This Dec 03, 2010
  • fats rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film draws you in slowly... not for the short attention span generation. Kiarostami is truly a great filmmaker. Leaves you thinking long after the end.

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