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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 batui
65
T5
na blueasters
70
T3
na eveelun
79
T8
na woodke1235
95
T10
na frankman
68
T5
na cloak
87
T10
na IMDb-byvotes
80
T10
na SakiroQ
86
T10
na hlime
95
T10
na Mango
3
T3
na bal3x
70
T7
na negative
3
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na Benasdfghjkl
90
T10
na Halmbrander
80
T6
na col. dax
100
T10
na BaalMan
90
T9
na Shahed
100
T7
na Hallogallo
8
T6
na dumbjaw
66
T6
na HVM
70
T6
na farhad44
75
T7
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 mkuhestanie
55
T2
na gam01
90
T10
na Pari
88
T5
na annie
85
T10
na arif
89
T7
na loreenzaa
86
T7
na DBibby
98
T10
na sangsues
97
T8
na Piglet
99
T10
na trf
91
T10
na twincinema
80
T8
na mallamp
80
T8
na JakeAesthete
35
T4
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 Bryan C.
85
T7
na jjackson80
94
T10
na faruksongur
99
T10
na Carlospro
90
T10
na Bluedeed
100
T10
na tommy_leazaq
60
T4
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 Paulobtusus
4
T7
na cavitbaran
95
T10
na Alban
15
T5
na Sane
95
T10
na Farzan
91
T10
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 GodsOfWar
30
T2
na jethro
90
T9
na debaser1985
72
T7
na guany
80
T4
na nairaglub
95
T10
na SlantMag
40
T10
"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
na muster07
85
T9
na kafka29
75
T4
na close-up
100
T10
na carinapenedo
80
T8
na TrixRabbi
85
T9
na smhdlk
79
T6
na cerenelit
100
T10
na sakaerka
75
T3
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 kokirijazz
4
T6
na dissidentdov
90
T9
na peepee
90
T9
na losrasputin
95
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na Darren
92
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na postmodifier
80
T7
na torontodog
80
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na alive75
93
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na Rocko
90
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na jabar
83
T9
na Gurrkin
30
T3
na mazlum
85
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na micko
59
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na aaronwhat
90
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na DeRZuLyA
9
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na rant1229
4
T7
na pupetman64
8
T6
na zepra
79
T7
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 spicebrain
91
T9
na Dogubomb
60
T8
na dsarev
90
T9
na 3rdman
9
T10
na HenrikM
90
T10
na felipelahm
95
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na Toke Za
100
T10
na b_ghaffari
80
T7
na coffee
88
T9
na filmik
95
T10
na mcf1989
80
T9
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 Guaporense
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na pedro .
96
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na JohnSandwich
90
T10
Powerful and complex.
na Warren
89
T10
na Valenzetti
97
T10
To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
na Kerc
20
T5
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 Johnny Mo
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na ifragment
76
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na oktncgr
90
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na bmrow
95
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na lchaussard
100
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na maxmellman
93
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na theyshoot10
89
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219
na Barkinson
45
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na glm01
83
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82.500
na Pats_London
88
T9
na graveyardtan
95
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na Jirin
87
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na johnatanjj
96
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na electriccafe
90
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na TraverseTown
40
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na ROCKETMAN
33
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na M__
97
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na Parallax
88
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na pculli
92
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na dillybravo
86
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na submor
79
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na india
65
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na Cheesyhoboe
80
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na RNG
60
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na DrinkMilk
75
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na infinity
68
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na sergebarber
50
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na gba
75
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na blahzor
60
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na PeregrinVelo
72
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na Hennimore
70
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na frg
10
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na !nsomn!a
80
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na pedrodmp
96
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na WongKarWhat?
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na Chazz Chetly
95
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na MrHedgepig
93
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na theyshoot11
89
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#218
na winds
7
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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 mark83
7
T8
na Cronos
10
T1
na FlixR8r
69
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na dijivehav
100
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na nickv
82
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na kronstadtli
85
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na ryannichols7
99
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na django
90
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na Dally
90
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na Johnny Case
78
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na jkwall
9
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na mjf333
93
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na pinq09
61
T6
na buak
90
T9
29 Mayis 2013 & ''herkesin bir gerekcesi vardir su hayatta.''
na mehrejaee
77
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na arirang
94
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na fabiovisnadi
96
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na Seethruskin
96
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na gcgiles
90
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na hoolie
95
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na yasinm
68
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na bluep
78
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na Gody85
96
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na woczek
89
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na masoud.nle
85
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na pzingg
98
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na loureed
85
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na StrifeKnot
95
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na lucas M.
100
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na batwings
100
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na benthamite
70
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na TIGGS
95
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na MentalCritic
93
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na ari
90
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na onetwothree
60
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na RPaulson
95
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na GFD
97
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na Tourist
90
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na saeed.hosein
85
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na lostty
76
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na VHS4LifeDUDE
25
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na Thegoodboy
92
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na luismomm
95
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na fact100
87
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na omid
60
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na alik
60
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na asim61
83
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na Paradigma
80
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na Kazaam
90
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na miller
90
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na buttercup
8
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na mightysparks
50
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na TonyKB
95
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na PDMChubby
81
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93
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na wabrit
75
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83
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na roujin
60
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na Rick Deckard
93
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na bahador
90
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na hajikarimi
87
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90
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na asafarkhani
90
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na Timmer
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na Kreutzer
100
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na lauratron
91
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na Sheldrake
80
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na jeff_v
87
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na CHOICECOD
78
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na Veterini
93
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na julianross
100
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na jackinthebox
90
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na nrm5
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na Cerebrus
70
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na themagician
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na Zeno
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na sunsetparade
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na coot
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na kangadoodoo
55
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na sbirko
64
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na jonnykungfu
85
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na amirmovie
81
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na smoonhail2
100
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na Jazzaloha
85
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na DerDude
10
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na alizkhan
90
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na piquet
75
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na parannoyed
85
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na boodige
17
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na onuryilyang
98
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na sidehacker
61
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na ricardo reis
100
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na sebby
75
T8
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 I.L.
73
T6
na Svengali
65
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na tankut
55
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na toro913
93
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na aneves
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na escapistwit
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na volver
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na donquixotic
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na snallygaster
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na madadude
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na armin1568
85
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na B-Side
85
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na crmassari
56
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na Yahyaa
76
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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 knuth
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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.
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