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A Taste of Cherry

Ta’m e guilass

Kiarostami’s meditative and thought-provoking Palme d’or-winner about a man contemplating ending it all.

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Iran 1997
Dir Abbas Kiarostami
With Homayoon Irshadi, Abdol Hossain Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari
99min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate PG

A man drives around the desert and hills outside Tehran offering carefully selected men a lift and well-paid work; only after a while do we learn he needs someone to assist in his planned (and forbidden) suicide. A sombre, meditative masterpiece of mysterious beauty, assembled with Kiarostami’s customarily deceptive simplicity and enormous subtlety.

Bassam & Riz: God. Depression. Modernity. Watch it, fall asleep. Wake up whenever. The film will never leave you.

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