Taste of Cherry (1997) | The Daily Star
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Taste of Cherry (1997)

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Writer: Abbas Kiarostami

Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari

Runtime: 95min

PLOT: An Iranian man is in search of someone who is willing to quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he has committed suicide.

REVIEW: The opening sequences of the film are hypnotic and memorably distressing, where     Badii, the main protagonist, picks the bickering sounds of a young man and starts making small talk with him. Later he picks a young soldier and drives him to the grave that he has dug in a remote hillside for himself to reveal his dreadful proposition. What makes this film stand out from a bunch of other suicidal films is the power that has been provided to Badii's character. He does not invite sympathy or compassion in any conventional way, gripping the audience with astounding mystery. 

The camera continually takes long shots of marching soldiers over the harsh landscape and workers moving massive piles of rock and red dirt, along with the distant barking of dogs and wind blows; the rhythm of earthy life is felt on a grand scale visually and audibly with these simplistic and naturalistic works.

The film has a remarkable severity and loneliness that grips the audience with a peculiar and awful message in the story. The film is one of Abbas Kiarostami's best ones, and indeed one of his most captivating storytelling efforts.

Source: The Guardian

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