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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 woczek
89
T10
na cinema_hell
90
T9
na Rick Deckard
93
T9
na micmac•
57
T4
na tech2isobel
78
T10
na rublyov
91
T9
na plantedtrees
79
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na lauratron
91
T10
na mucar
79
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na terabin
78
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na twincinema
80
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na mathiasa
100
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na Bryan C.
85
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na Oliveira
92
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na Air23
88
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na alizkhan
90
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na gcgiles
90
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na kough33
73
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na elimpe
75
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na tanguero
75
T8
na ryannichols7
99
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na cgwami
91
T9
na Mr.Cinema
73
T9
na Zeno
87
T10
na rezasalimi
85
T8
na Leland
83
T7
na LRibeiro
75
T6
na JakeAesthete
34
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 muster07
85
T9
na arif
89
T7
na The Way
0
T6
na madadude
73
T6
na frg
10
T10
na avgcrtckr
79
T10
na -Vahid-
100
T10
na Johnny Mo
85
T10
na M_A
91
T10
na yamyum
74
T3
na theyshoot08
90
T8
191
na pculli
92
T10
na Toke Za
100
T10
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 onetwothree
60
T7
na Valenzetti
97
T10
To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
na tankut
55
T3
na inmate
91
T10
na volver
75
T8
na bengar
95
T9
na Seftref
75
T9
na Dally
90
T9
na aurora
98
T10
na givethanks
85
T10
na TIGGS
95
T9
na Ario
69
T3
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
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na RetinaScan
90
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na ailm
65
T8
na Hengame
70
T4
na halilcibran
80
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na omeraksy
95
T10
na Communicants
80
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na nrm5
92
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na trf
91
T10
na corley
75
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na ericdupont
95
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na PSJ
81
T8
na themadelf66
65
T3
na aaronwhat
90
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na They Turn Me
100
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na Danilolopes
90
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na coutinho
93
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na bedirhankara
72
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na bernardobrum
83
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na piquet
75
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na Nepeta
85
T8
A statement on the inability of documentaries to capture reality. Still, Close-up is absolutely a documentary, just one that intentionally indulges in the things that prevent many documentaries from capturing the objective facts about things (and becomes all the more fascinating because of this). Features the usual great things about Kiarostami - it's warm, compassionate, brimming with humanity.
na claricepj
100
T10
na JM1138
86
T10
na Lumitm
70
T8
na sanaz_s
80
T4
na mklehner
85
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na crmassari
56
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na flaneur
90
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na close-up
100
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na B-Side
85
T10
na pzingg
98
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na knuth
95
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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 aneves
95
T9
na filmaffinity
76
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na evolving
87
T10
na TrixRabbi
85
T9
na spicebrain
91
T9
na JohnSandwich
90
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Powerful and complex.
na GodsOfWar
30
T2
na GFD
97
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na Timmer
93
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na pinq09
61
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na cripplehorse
81
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na nicson
70
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na Vendetta
80
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na Barkinson
45
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na themagician
70
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na sepid
83
T6
na kertenkele
80
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na akjn
81
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na TonyKB
95
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na lostty
76
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na moody mehdi
96
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na yekpanjare
73
T8
na lhm
85
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na 3rdman
9
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na Yahyaa
76
T6
na flowing
68
T7
na Kilgore
80
T9
na cinemaddict
98
T10
One of my alltime favorite films
na sunsetparade
98
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na Coheed
90
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na AlleyLights2
61
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na loureed
85
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na lippecesar
95
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na loc42
70
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na kakivsjok
80
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na Coredor
86
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na Thegoodboy
92
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na buttercup
8
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na Fran
60
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na rbf451
90
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na zamanzaman
86
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na bahador
90
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na Mochard
60
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 Kebapche
95
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na ari
90
T10
na eveelun
79
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na Fetsch
87
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na Chazz Chetly
95
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na Bandy
92
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na asafarkhani
90
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na jpmarchant
89
T6
na L Lawliet
75
T5
na Silent River
72
T8
na gargantua
88
T10
na Noblet
91
T10
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 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 !nsomn!a
80
T7
na szachista
100
T6
na benrag
90
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na matty5190
85
T7
na ifragment
76
T7
na Christophilm
75
T7
na DallasSD
96
T10
na atreides
98
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na graveyardtan
95
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na mxr110
92
T10
na nickv
82
T10
na bob thrillin
96
T10
Extraordinary. "Film about film" is one of those concepts that's always teetering on the brink of triteness, but Kiarostami toys so brilliantly with the boundaries of documentary and narrative cinema and the medium itself that Close-Up never approaches it. As someone who's come to think of film viewing as a truly spiritual process, this hits really close to home. I never wanted the aerosol can to stop rolling.
na jeff_v
87
T10
na fabiovisnadi
96
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na Theyshootpic
84
T9
na oktncgr
90
T4
na Hadzibegovic
95
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na M__
97
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na maxmellman
93
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na coot
84
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na Discard
94
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na mazlum
85
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na micko
59
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na sangsues
97
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na snallygaster
66
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na Seethruskin
96
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na col. dax
100
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na MatheusM
91
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na rant1229
4
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na jethro
90
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na DrinkMilk
75
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na Parallax
88
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na Allan Kardec
87
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na Mango
3
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na cloak
87
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na authorial
85
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na Paulobtusus
4
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na debaser1985
72
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na sdoles
8
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na juanpsala
76
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na GrimsChild
75
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na JooJoo
8
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na Piglet
99
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na PimpPanda
94
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na HVM
70
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na unrecorded
50
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na extreme87
92
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na buak
90
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29 Mayis 2013 & ''herkesin bir gerekcesi vardir su hayatta.''
na armin1568
85
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na Major Tom
84
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na peekingpanda
85
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na torontodog
80
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na Kiddo
94
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na vsls
70
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na differenxe
86
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na peter_1888
86
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na sevin
73
T7
na saeed.hosein
85
T6
na las
100
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na karamazov.
37
T3
na ColonelTigh
95
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na RPaulson
95
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na glm01
83
T7
82.500
na amirmovie
81
T6
na huftis
60
T2
na negative
3
T8
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 Alban
15
T5
na e-ball
95
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na mjf333
93
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na mightysparks
50
T4
na alive75
93
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na postmodifier
80
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na pl_
60
T2
na D_Kaufman
93
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na Benasdfghjkl
92
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na sebby
75
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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 djaunb
80
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na parannoyed
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na ACMutd
87
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na Paradigma
80
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na Pats_London
88
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na ehrenkm
70
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na lchaussard
100
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na winds
7
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na finkly
70
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na Kerc
20
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na arirang
94
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na Halmbrander
80
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na Sockman
84
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na bluep
78
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na Tourist
90
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na Josh Forrest
85
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na carolgesser
72
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na jonnykungfu
85
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na jakartan
52
T1
na Pari
88
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na lotr-sam0711
90
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na django
90
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na syenigun
85
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na bones_r
80
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na MrHedgepig
93
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na cinebaixar
95
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na annie
85
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na dsarev
90
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