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Close-Up (1990)
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Summary: Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Ali Sabzian enters a well-to-do family in Teheran. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. (imdb)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Directed By: Abbas Kiarostami
Written By: Abbas Kiarostami
AKA: Nema-ye Nazdik
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Itís all based on a true story, naturally. There is footage from the actual trial (I think), but also re-creations of the events in the case, where the actual people involved play themselves. Meanwhile, thereís the matter of Kiarostami, who imposes his vision on events, real and re-created. Watching the movie, things move along quite smoothly, but five minutes after itís over, as your mind twists around all of the implications of what it has just seen, things are no longer so smooth.
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na david99
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na Thegoodboy
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na ari
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na postmodifier
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na cinemaddict
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One of my alltime favorite films
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na buak
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29 Mayis 2013 & ''herkesin bir gerekcesi vardir su hayatta.''
na Farzan
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I can easily say that Close-Up is one of the most unique and extremely well made films I've ever seen. It didn't hit me as hard as it hit alot of other people, but I can definitely see how well this film was made. Its such an interesting premise. The non-professional actors did an extremely professional job. I was truly touched by the performance of Hossain Sabzian, he really shows us both in words, and just by looking at his face, how strongly cinema impacts those who thrive off it. Excellent.
na dsarev
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na Simon M.
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na friendo55
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Having the same real life people casted in the exact same setting to re-enact their own story is just something I still can't wrap my head around. Every scene is so gripping and intense because of this, and the documentary/fiction style it was shot in really adds a unique element to the film. There are some truly emotional moments here as layers of character and perspective unfold. A very interesting character study and one that lingers with you after it's over.
na cloak
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na matty5190
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na Yahyaa
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na Oliveira
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na karamazov.
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na Noblet
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Excels as both a heartfelt expression of humanity and as a deconstruction of how a movie can distort reality and play you like a fiddle. An amazing, unique film.
na DougReese
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na JM1138
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na M__
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na B-Side
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na pupetman64
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na Neonman
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A well executed mixture of doco footage and dramatisations that piece this narrative together. It also features one of the more interesting court-room scenes (perhaps because it's real) and Sabzian must be a relatable character for all budding film-makers out there -- I felt about him the same way he describes feeling about the boy from The Traveler.
na bkam
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na hajikarimi
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na SlantMag
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"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
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na Allan Kardec
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na theyshoot11
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na sidehacker
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I get it even more now, but it still feels slight to me. The self-reflexive nature is almost too forward to actually produce any thought. Kiarostami wants the audience to fill the other half of his films with their imagination but the discourse here is handed to us but it lacks anything else. I feel like the opening gives us an interesting idea about the privilege of information, but nothing becomes of it. Rosenbaum, himself, calls it a "game" which seems kind of, I don't know, stupid?
na saeed.hosein
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na marjanbrz
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na sebby
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Stunningly original and intriguing, well-crafted, and by the end, very moving. The last third is what really makes the film. If you can relate at all to Sabzian, it's doubly effective. Films about film tend to suck, but this one can't even be put in that category. It exists in an altogether other realm.
na bibis
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What is it about Kiarostami that i always end up finding so boring and dull? I want to like his movies but they always come off as unremarkable (despite what critics i admire claim otherwise). It's not a good thing when i find myself wishing i was listening to Jonathan Rosenbaum's commentary track instead of the actual movie. It seems like there is potential here for interesting commentary on cinematic "truth"/realism here but it never amounts to anything, and the courtroom scenes are too long.
na nina
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na MMAlpha
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na differenxe
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na Kerc
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na purgatos
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The strange production is likely the most famous thing about the film, but there's no big deal made about it in the movie. I wouldn't have known what they did until reading about it afterward, it's executed brilliantly. The film itself is about art(cinema specifically), what it means to us and what different people will do in its name. It really forces you to think about your perceptions.
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Gets pretty muddled in the middle with way too much boring conversations and a couple of really cringe worthy moments like the pointless aerosol can rolling down the street. Kiarostami even says that he filmed this scene for no reason just because he "felt like it and liked the look of the street." I really hate when directors fall prey to what a film school student would do and lose focus on the story and characters. I did love the last 30 minutes of this, but getting there is somewhat grating.
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I like it. But it seems, I'm not smart enough to love it.
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