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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 DougReese
55
T6
na Bryan C.
85
T7
na Dogubomb
60
T8
na mkuhestanie
55
T2
na kamikaze
79
T4
na onuryilyang
98
T10
na FlixR8r
69
T7
na evolving
87
T10
na avgcrtckr
79
T10
na gba
75
T3
na Seftref
75
T9
na bengar
95
T9
na Darren
92
T9
na batwings
100
T7
na maborosi
58
T6
na Alban
15
T5
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 St. Berna
90
T9
na Timmer
93
T10
na Shahed
100
T7
na sakaerka
75
T3
na ChrisReynold
67
T7
na dijivehav
100
T8
na gaucho
6
T9
na majorhobo
93
T10
na coot
84
T9
na donquixotic
0
T6
na Ali_V.
93
T10
na nina
96
T9
na TrixRabbi
85
T9
na zamanzaman
86
T10
na PDMChubby
81
T7
na cerenelit
100
T10
na Jirin
87
T9
na yekpanjare
73
T8
na Yahyaa
76
T6
na Cronos
10
T1
na peepee
90
T9
na Kreutzer
100
T10
na Fetsch
87
T10
na matty5190
85
T7
na Gurrkin
30
T3
na doblica
90
T8
na MrHedgepig
93
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 sbirko
64
T6
na Veterini
93
T10
na paris1919
91
T9
na mallamp
80
T8
na Leland
83
T7
na themadelf66
65
T3
na DerDude
10
T10
na b4con
85
T8
na itsirc
82
T10
na armin1568
85
T5
na JooJoo
8
T10
na Zeno
87
T10
na Paradigma
80
T9
na PolegaR
80
T8
na pupetman64
8
T6
na coltrane
7
T10
na Hofschneider
78
T7
I like it. But it seems, I'm not smart enough to love it.
na henriquemsb
86
T10
na bedirhankara
72
T5
na penguinbob31
65
T2
na Orion16RUS
81
T8
na micko
59
T6
na buttercup
8
T8
na ericdupont
95
T10
na jabar
83
T9
na arirang
94
T10
na Yorick
50
T2
na pinq09
61
T6
na flaneur
90
T9
na eumaios
88
T9
na jethro
90
T9
na Rocko
90
T10
na They Turn Me
100
T10
na BaalMan
90
T9
na HenrikM
90
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na funkybusnss
100
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na loureed
85
T8
na felipelahm
95
T10
na TonyKB
95
T10
na dsjoerdsma
85
T9
na mehrejaee
77
T7
na rublyov
91
T9
na DallasSD
96
T10
na filmaffinity
76
T10
na lotr-sam0711
90
T9
na Valenzetti
97
T10
To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
na B-Side
85
T10
na Mango
3
T3
na elimpe
75
T7
na Mire
91
T10
na phil-
97
T10
na Carlospro
90
T10
na debaser1985
72
T7
na muster07
85
T9
na Ronin21
87
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na Hadzibegovic
95
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na RavynLoony
85
T10
na frankman
68
T5
na Art Vandelay
78
T8
na D_Kaufman
93
T9
na LetsGoEatHuh
80
T10
na bibis
80
T5
na RPaulson
95
T9
na Bluedeed
100
T10
na theyshoot08
90
T8
191
na bluep
78
T7
na Cheesyhoboe
80
T10
na Sduck25
40
T10
na kangadoodoo
55
T5
na Raf
70
T9
na crmassari
56
T5
na cgwami
91
T9
na cinebaixar
95
T10
na mCihhh
10
T1
na marco_n65
82
T9
na faruksongur
99
T10
na ACMutd
87
T9
na MentalCritic
93
T10
na cloak
87
T10
na sepid
83
T6
na rant1229
4
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na Simon M.
83
T7
na pedrodmp
96
T10
na scanoni
58
T3
na huftis
60
T2
na DeRZuLyA
9
T10
na Piglet
99
T10
na col. dax
100
T10
na lisagirl
95
T10
an utterly fascinating film that has many layers, even in its title, which can refer both to the lens of the camera and to the detailed look at the psyche of a particular type of person. it is interesting that sabzian, having nominally taken over the personality of makhmalbaf, actually develops his own filmic perspective as a director, with his adopted namesake simply a cover. most cinema lovers and wannabe auteurs should see at least a little bit of themselves in this film.
na LEAVES
55
T7
na tarr
88
T8
na Benasdfghjkl
92
T10
na paladru
90
T10
na Guaporense
76
T8
na WongKarWhat?
77
T7
na Mochard
60
T6
na borges
5
T9
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na Anita.k
78
T9
na JasonKDarby
90
T10
na akjn
81
T9
na dumbjaw
66
T6
na gmeadows
94
T10
na hajikarimi
87
T4
na django
90
T9
na Coheed
90
T10
na nickv
82
T10
na oktncgr
90
T4
na kertenkele
80
T8
na tech2isobel
78
T10
na mathiasa
100
T10
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na friendo55
89
T9
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 filmik
95
T10
na LRibeiro
75
T6
na IMDb-byvotes
80
T10
na Warren
89
T10
na infinity
68
T3
na VHS4LifeDUDE
25
T3
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 jonnykungfu
85
T9
na plantedtrees
79
T5
na electriccafe
90
T9
na dissidentdov
90
T9
na parannoyed
85
T3
na smoonhail2
100
T7
na masoo
90
T9
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.
na Sheldrake
80
T9
na !nsomn!a
80
T7
na Phelipe
96
T10
na NRM02
72
T9
na MartinTeller
91
T10
An incredibly novel premise: a semi-documentary, including reenactments by all the people involved, of the story of a man who impersonates director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It's funny and touching and thoroughly engaging. It touches on identity, class, and cinema. When the microphone starts to cut out at the end, I wondered if it was Kiarostami's way of telling us that he, too, was only pretending at being a director, and the facade was breaking down.
na bahador
90
T7
na m.khalili
85
T9
na Paulobtusus
4
T7
na I.L.
73
T6
na kyle.loomis
9
T10
na rickicker
94
T9
I love that the Iranian "Citizen Kane" isn't about a great man of industry, but a poor, slightly nutty cinephile, with dreams that are at once modest and deeply profound. The final scene flawlessly captures the appeal of the movies, at once totally fake and totally true.
na cinema_hell
90
T9
na AICHE
86
T10
na frbrown
100
T10
na cripplehorse
81
T9
na febraro
90
T10
na peekingpanda
85
T10
na boodige
17
T9
na jakartan
52
T1
na Grimsrud
85
T8
na johnatanjj
96
T10
na mark83
7
T8
na alik
60
T1
na jeff_v
87
T10
na Chazz Chetly
95
T10
na maxmellman
93
T9
na zizigulu
80
T7
na b_ghaffari
80
T7
na rbf451
90
T9
na bal3x
70
T7
na sidehacker
61
T4
na winds
7
T10
na DBibby
98
T10
na frg
10
T10
na Ercan
7
T8
na torontodog
80
T9
na GodsOfWar
30
T2
na Thegoodboy
92
T10
na SlantMag
40
T10
"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
na ricardo reis
100
T10
na ifragment
76
T7
na toro913
93
T10
na HVM
70
T6
na ColonelTigh
95
T9
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 J. Tavernier
75
T6
na kazuality
98
T8
na mxr110
92
T10
na JohnSandwich
90
T10
Powerful and complex.
na bernardobrum
83
T6
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 roujin
60
T6
na Johnny Case
78
T10
na Air23
88
T10
na sicirou
45
T7
na djaunb
80
T7
na Silent River
72
T8
na claricepj
100
T10
na sevin
73
T7
na madadude
73
T6
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 meliorism
95
T10
na shahin19
75
T5
na Theyshootpic
84
T9
na m4th3u5
90
T8
na gargantua
88
T10
na morozig
40
T2
na alive75
93
T10
na carolgesser
72
T8
na tommy_leazaq
60
T4
na Rick Deckard
93
T9
na WBadger
95
T10
na batui
65
T5
na yasinm
68
T1
na lhm
85
T6
na postmodifier
80
T7
na vsls
70
T7
na tanguero
75
T8
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