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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 kertenkele
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na jeff_v
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na RPaulson
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na namas
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na faruksongur
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na flowing
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na frankman
68
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na winds
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na mark83
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na yasinm
68
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na julianross
100
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na Alban
15
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na GrimsChild
75
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na Cronos
10
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na jokevv
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na rezasalimi
85
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na johnatanjj
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na Darren
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na Kreutzer
100
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na evolving
87
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na maxmellman
93
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na cgwami
91
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na pitn
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na Jirin
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na mcf1989
80
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na danozu
85
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na jjackson80
94
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na omid
60
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na Lumitm
70
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na Air23
88
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na sergebarber
50
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na PeregrinVelo
72
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na Sane
95
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na masoud.nle
85
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na joachimt
90
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na theyshoot07
91
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# 172
na escapistwit
92
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na dumbjaw
66
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na zizigulu
80
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na armin1568
85
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na trf
91
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na benrag
90
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na Shahed
100
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na Kerc
20
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na mCihhh
10
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na Halmbrander
80
T6
na Jazzaloha
85
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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 close-up
100
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na itsirc
82
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na Discard
94
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na wabrit
75
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na coffee
88
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na Simon M.
83
T7
na terabin
78
T7
na pupetman64
8
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na doblica
90
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na sengir
80
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na Johnny Case
78
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na GFD
97
T10
na dzacharyt
16
T6
na halilcibran
80
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na B-Side
85
T10
na ricardo reis
100
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na gargantua
88
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na m.khalili
85
T9
na kvaka65
5
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na jethro
90
T9
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 jakartan
52
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na Valenzetti
97
T10
To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
na onetwothree
60
T7
na DerDude
10
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na ifragment
76
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na Warren
89
T10
na guany
80
T4
na ari
90
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na TIGGS
95
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na carolgesser
72
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na ACMutd
87
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na inmate
91
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na FlixR8r
69
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na ar656
99
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na DallasSD
96
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na MrHedgepig
93
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na St. Berna
90
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na debaser1985
72
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na Major Tom
84
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na yamyum
74
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na LetsGoEatHuh
80
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na moody mehdi
96
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na nmroshan
80
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na arirang
94
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na Zelos
92
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na JasonKDarby
90
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na Veterini
93
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na aurora
98
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na guvolefou
91
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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 Kiddo
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na tommy_leazaq
60
T4
na graveyardtan
95
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na ormz
6
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na HarryLangdon
37
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na DougReese
55
T6
na Henrik
90
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na PSJ
81
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na theyshoot10
89
T8
219
na JakeAesthete
34
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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 Fetsch
87
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na sunsetparade
98
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na donquixotic
0
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na Ronin21
87
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na marcelvidal
100
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na Christophilm
75
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na corley
75
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na jonnykungfu
85
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na Ali_V.
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na shahin19
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na lauratron
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na tankut
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na glm01
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na asim61
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na vsls
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na Mire
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na sanaz_s
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na maborosi
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na ColonelTigh
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na pculli
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na sidehacker
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na madadude
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na themadelf66
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na Phelipe
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na PimpPanda
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na borges
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na benthamite
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na india
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na jabar
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na batwings
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na imdb
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na MMAlpha
85
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na -Vahid-
100
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na pinq09
61
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na CHOICECOD
78
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na DrinkMilk
75
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na nina
96
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na claricepj
100
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na Barkinson
45
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na Ludium
80
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na Timmer
93
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na Rocko
90
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na TonyKB
95
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na aneves
95
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na loureed
85
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na shivayy
68
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na exolstice
87
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na kakivsjok
80
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na szachista
100
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na rublyov
91
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na electriccafe
90
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na RNG
60
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na Mr. Mxyzptlk
91
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na lisa-
95
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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 cerenelit
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na Kilgore
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na MartinTeller
91
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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 Cheesyhoboe
80
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na Farzan
91
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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 aydeen
80
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na e-ball
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na givethanks
85
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na Toke Za
100
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na marco_n65
82
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na Rick Deckard
93
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na b4con
85
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na fabiovisnadi
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na sicirou
45
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na They Turn Me
100
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na amirmovie
81
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na SlantMag
40
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"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
na lotr-sam0711
90
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na cinemaddict
98
T10
One of my alltime favorite films
na zwyk
80
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na ehk2
88
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na AlleyLights2
61
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na mathias
75
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na I.L.
73
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na Leland
83
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na filmaffinity
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na mrtgrsy
75
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na biblioklept
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na peekingpanda
85
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na Grimsrud
85
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na purity
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na roujin
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na tonydal
75
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Sabzian gives a very good performance (or "performance") in the lead role. He's quite touching.
na hoolie
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na coot
84
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na bedirhankara
72
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na Paulobtusus
4
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na henriquemsb
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na kafka29
75
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na meliorism
95
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na nrm5
92
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na arif
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na saguara
93
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na welike
30
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na HenrikM
90
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na rant1229
4
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na annie
85
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na PolegaR
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na QVT
90
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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 jpmarchant
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na atreides
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na djross
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The first of a long and ongoing sequence of truly great films from Kiarostami. After watching the film, this is an interesting discussion by Kiarostami: http://www.janusfilms.com/closeup/closeup.pdf
na scanoni
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na AJD612
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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 blueasters
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na paladru
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na cripplehorse
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na Zeno
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na bluep
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na parannoyed
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na Ercan
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na bmrow
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na morozig
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na 3rdman
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na jyt84
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na sakaerka
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na theyshoot11
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na GodsOfWar
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na hajikarimi
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na eats-almonds
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na Kazaam
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na django
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na bones_r
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na TraverseTown
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na hlime
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na MatheusM
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na sbirko
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na gam01
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na woczek
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na VHS4LifeDUDE
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na Selin
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na Piglet
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na alik
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na col. dax
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