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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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na dijivehav
100
T8
na RNG
60
T7
na Hofschneider
78
T7
I like it. But it seems, I'm not smart enough to love it.
na Magb
95
T10
An unusual and compelling film that will really make you scratch your head. One of the main points of interest here is the production itself. Some scenes in the film consist of real, live footage of the actual events that took place; other scenes are dramatizations, but featuring the actual people involved, "playing" themselves! The centerpiece of the movie is the personality of the impostor Sabzian himself and the way he rationalizes his actions.
na St. Berna
90
T9
na Halmbrander
80
T6
na fact100
87
T10
na eveelun
79
T8
na Sduck25
40
T10
na julianross
100
T6
na jyt84
88
T10
na Bluedeed
100
T10
na BaalMan
90
T9
na Danilolopes
90
T8
na GFD
97
T10
na masoo
90
T9
It’s 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, there’s 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 it’s over, as your mind twists around all of the implications of what it has just seen, things are no longer so smooth.
na loureed
85
T8
na Oliveira
92
T10
na cinemaddict
98
T10
One of my alltime favorite films
na sidehacker
61
T4
na dillybravo
86
T6
na PolegaR
80
T8
na DBibby
98
T10
na e-ball
95
T10
na Major Tom
84
T3
na paris1919
91
T9
na dsjoerdsma
85
T9
na debaser1985
72
T7
na biblioklept
85
T9
na gaucho
6
T9
na postmodifier
80
T7
na faruksongur
99
T10
na Rumplesink
85
T9
na WongKarWhat?
77
T7
na saguara
93
T10
na gam01
90
T10
na madadude
73
T6
na Toke Za
100
T10
na corley
75
T8
na cinema_hell
90
T9
na MrHedgepig
93
T9
na kyle.loomis
9
T10
na annie
85
T10
na frbrown
100
T10
na twincinema
80
T8
na 3rdman
9
T10
na mathiasa
100
T10
na theyshoot10
89
T8
219
na WBadger
90
T9
na batui
65
T5
na IMDb-byvotes
80
T10
na lhm
85
T6
na halilcibran
80
T8
na Sockman
84
T9
na mklehner
85
T9
na joachimt
90
T10
na The Way
0
T6
na tarr
88
T8
na They Turn Me
100
T10
na HarryLangdon
37
T2
na ACMutd
87
T9
na Moribunny
85
T10
I could never have predicted that this concept, which looks potentially smart-alecky on paper, would be so fruitful. It's a touching and fascinating film, one of the most interesting and thought-provoking movies I've seen about cinema itself. Kiarostami devises the reconstruction with great intelligence and sensitivity. It's so ironic how Sabzian, the perpetrator of the fraud, is himself such a naive and suggestible fellow.
na blahzor
60
T4
na atreides
98
T10
na graveyardtan
95
T10
na Carlospro
90
T10
na close-up
100
T10
na miller
90
T10
na matheusc
96
T9
na gimmefiction
75
T7
na cloak
87
T10
na sakaerka
75
T3
na Rick Deckard
93
T9
na Svengali
65
T6
na TrixRabbi
85
T9
na Mr. Mxyzptlk
91
T3
na muster07
85
T9
na Parallax
88
T10
na JohnSandwich
90
T10
Powerful and complex.
na JerryJ
90
T9
na arif
89
T7
na Guaporense
76
T8
na Neonman
83
T7
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 bahador
90
T7
na Air23
88
T10
na theyshoot11
89
T8
#218
na moody mehdi
96
T9
na omeraksy
95
T10
na Zelos
92
T8
na Kerc
20
T5
na mucar
79
T8
na funkybusnss
100
T10
na maborosi
58
T6
na Johnny Mo
85
T10
na maxmellman
93
T9
na kamikaze
79
T4
na djaunb
80
T7
na tech2isobel
78
T10
na zepra
79
T7
na tankut
55
T3
na marco_n65
82
T9
na Bandy
92
T10
na CHOICECOD
78
T6
na Orion16RUS
81
T8
na dumbjaw
66
T6
na Discard
94
T10
na MatheusM
91
T6
na M__
97
T9
na eumaios
88
T9
na gargantua
88
T10
na ehk2
88
T10
na Pats_London
88
T9
na Icarus
98
T10
Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Kiarostami offers a film that challenges assumptions about the nature of truth, the flexibility of image, and the importance of recognizing perspective. The film manages to be both intellectually stimulating and heartfelt at once. Sabzian is a fascinating subject for a film, and Kiarostami made the perfect formal choices to highlight both his falsity and his truth. Beautiful stuff.
na parannoyed
85
T3
na Vendetta
80
T6
na jethro
90
T9
na marcelvidal
100
T10
na DougReese
55
T6
na ronthedog
94
T10
Brilliant semi-documentary in which Kiarostami challenges our usual expectations about life and art and produces a warm and prescient human and social commentary.
na SlantMag
40
T10
"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
na jabar
83
T9
na Seftref
75
T9
na cinebaixar
95
T10
na inmate
91
T10
na gmeadows
94
T10
na frankman
68
T5
na tonydal
75
T6
Sabzian gives a very good performance (or "performance") in the lead role. He's quite touching.
na VHS4LifeDUDE
25
T3
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na Kazaam
90
T10
na jkwall
9
T10
na guvolefou
91
T10
Gerçeklik-kurgu ikilemi olan bir karakteri, bu iki kavramın yanına, sinemada gerçeğin temsili, kişilik, varoluş gibi bir çok kavramı katarak öyle bir işliyor ki Kiarostami, pek sevdiğim "çok katmanlı" tanımını defalarca hak eden tam anlamıyla bir başyapıt yaratıyor. Bunca zamandır bekletip, bu akşam izlemediğim için sevindim desem yeridir.
na peter_1888
86
T7
na akjn
81
T9
na doblica
90
T8
na ifragment
76
T7
na wabrit
75
T5
na Ronin21
87
T10
na Jazzaloha
85
T10
na sevin
73
T7
na Raf
70
T9
na lucas M.
100
T10
na b4con
85
T8
na Pari
88
T5
na maryam.a
85
T8
na ar656
99
T10
na alizkhan
90
T10
na haeri118
56
T3
na szachista
100
T6
na RavynLoony
85
T10
na karamazov.
37
T3
na loreenzaa
86
T7
na Anita.k
78
T9
na ormz
6
T8
na Leland
83
T7
na cgwami
91
T9
na namas
78
T7
na JM1138
86
T10
na TonyKB
95
T10
na mrtgrsy
75
T8
na J. Tavernier
75
T6
na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na Josh Forrest
85
T10
na asim61
83
T2
na hlime
100
T10
na sergebarber
50
T4
na Gurrkin
30
T3
na Hengame
70
T4
na cavitbaran
95
T10
na lotr-sam0711
90
T9
na asafarkhani
90
T8
na coltrane
7
T10
na ehrenkm
70
T5
na Thegoodboy
92
T10
na batwings
100
T7
na sunsetparade
98
T10
na themadelf66
65
T3
na m.khalili
85
T9
na phil-
97
T10
na Ali_V.
93
T10
na FlixR8r
69
T7
na TraverseTown
50
T4
na roujin
60
T6
na guany
80
T4
na sengir
80
T7
na peepee
90
T9
na onetwothree
60
T7
na saeed.hosein
85
T6
na india
65
T2
na ari
90
T10
na TIGGS
95
T9
na masoud.nle
85
T6
na Coheed
90
T10
na jokevv
80
T10
na Tds4a
90
T10
Fascinating. Sabzian's scenes in the courtroom are depressing because of how unable he is to articulate why he did what he did, and the film works on numerous levels without ever feeling confusing. The end scene is brilliant.
na cerenelit
100
T10
na plantedtrees
79
T6
na M_A
91
T10
na amirmovie
81
T6
na Dally
90
T9
na chemical404
68
T8
Story of a dreamer whose obsession for cinema goes beyond the norms of society, told by Kiarostami in an unusual for of a film - some segments are staged and acted, and others are real. It is an artistic film, and doesn't go out of its way to be entertaining or informative. The way Kiarostami sees and portrays Sabzian is great; I felt emphatic to him, but I wish the movie told more about him in more direct way.
na henriquemsb
86
T10
na filmik
95
T10
na col. dax
100
T10
na pzingg
98
T10
na sbirko
64
T6
na RetinaScan
90
T8
na trf
91
T10
na mehrejaee
77
T7
na PeaceAnarchy
91
T10
A unique and creative documentary / dramatization that is very interesting and surprisingly fun. The strange production is certainly part of what makes it interesting, but Sabzian is a compelling character whose bizarre logic is somehow understandable.
na meliorism
95
T10
na Timmer
93
T10
na carinapenedo
80
T8
na HenrikM
90
T10
na peekingpanda
85
T10
na Yahyaa
76
T6
na Theyshootpic
84
T9
na kazuality
98
T8
na claricepj
100
T10
na ryannichols7
99
T10
na pitn
87
T6
na Coredor
86
T9
na dsarev
90
T9
na flowing
68
T7
na febraro
90
T10
na coot
84
T9
na hajikarimi
87
T4
na yasinm
68
T1
na b_ghaffari
80
T7
na Kilgore
80
T9
na lostty
76
T6
na QVT
90
T10
A must watch. The last third is just fantastically powerful and just dripping with humanity. I look forward to other AK films. As a side note, it's interesting to watch this immediately after Double vie de Veronique and see my favorite literary device of the unreliable narrator in film pop up twice in a row, and handled so differently--that's been one of the major points of every comparison between two instances I've ever written about.
na negative
3
T8
na LRibeiro
75
T6
na jakartan
52
T1
na jackinthebox
90
T10
na authorial
85
T8
na sdoles
8
T7
na cripplehorse
81
T9
na Kreutzer
100
T10
na schnofel
55
T5
na AlleyLights2
61
T4
na AICHE
86
T10
na mxr110
92
T10
na maksler
3
T6
na blueasters
70
T4
na aneves
95
T9
na paladru
90
T10
na telbis
70
T6
na pl_
60
T2
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