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Close-Up (1990)
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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 felipelahm felipelahm
95
T10
na flowing flowing
68
T7
na koliak2991 koliak2991
87
T9
na Parallax Parallax
88
T10
na peepee
90
T9
na Hofschneider Hofschneider
78
T7
I like it. But it seems, I'm not smart enough to love it.
na sebby 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 Cheesyhoboe
80
T10
na henriquemsb
86
T10
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 Mire Mire
91
T10
na guany guany
80
T4
na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
80
T10
na Magb 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 Selin Selin
94
T10
na mkhalili m.khalili
85
T9
na Orion16RUS
81
T8
na BaalMan
90
T9
na kamikaze
79
T4
na Hallogallo Hallogallo
8
T7
na jkwall jkwall
9
T10
na Allan_Kardec Allan Kardec
87
T3
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 randori randori
80
T8
na arif arif
89
T7
na saguara saguara
93
T10
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na nrm5
92
T10
na Ronin21
87
T10
na Lone_Wolf miller
8
T9
na submor
79
T4
na Kazaam Kazaam
90
T10
na lotr_sam0711 lotr-sam0711
90
T9
na Carlospro Carlospro
90
T10
na frbrown frbrown
100
T10
na Stevo796
92
T10
na coot
84
T9
na D_Kaufman
93
T10
na sdoles sdoles
8
T7
na Johnny_Case Johnny Case
78
T10
na yamyum
69
T2
na chemical404 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 nicson
70
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na Barkinson
45
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na sofielykke sofielykke
99
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na GrimsChild GrimsChild
75
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na filmaffinity filmaffinity
76
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na QVT 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 frg frg
10
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na pzingg
98
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na Fetsch
87
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na losrasputin losrasputin
95
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na Darbicus Darbicus
80
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na Mochard Mochard
60
T6
na goodedward
58
T3
na electriccafe electriccafe
90
T9
na mark83
7
T8
na kafka29
75
T4
na dormice dormice
85
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na las las
100
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na nmdrodrigues
82
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na batwings
100
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na namas namas
78
T7
na DBibby DBibby
98
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na Sockman Sockman
84
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na AlleyLights2
61
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na funkybusnss funkybusnss
100
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na gmeadows
94
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na Rocko Rocko
90
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na alive75 alive75
93
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na Zelos
92
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na mcf1989
80
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na escapistwit escapistwit
92
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na metaller
80
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na mjf333 mjf333
93
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na lostty lostty
76
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na cinemahell cinema_hell
90
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na Toke Za
100
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na jabar jabar
83
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na bahador
90
T7
na Yahyaa
76
T6
na SlantMag SlantMag
40
T10
"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
na febraro febraro
90
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na Paradigma Paradigma
80
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na sbirko
64
T5
na col. dax
100
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na Johnny_Mo Johnny Mo
85
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na VHS4LifeDUDE
25
T3
na tech2isobel tech2isobel
78
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na peter_1888
86
T7
na purity
3
T9
na jethro
90
T9
na toro913
93
T10
na tonydal tonydal
75
T6
Sabzian gives a very good performance (or "performance") in the lead role. He's quite touching.
na mCihhh mCihhh
10
T1
na Gurrkin Gurrkin
30
T3
na loureed loureed
85
T8
na aydeen
80
T6
na guvolefou 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 Coredor Coredor
86
T9
na saeedhosein saeed.hosein
85
T6
na sanazs sanaz_s
80
T4
na rbf451 rbf451
90
T9
na Cronos
10
T1
na 3rdman_ii 3rdman
9
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na vsls vsls
70
T7
na Timmer
93
T10
na doblica
90
T8
na nina
96
T9
na maryama maryam.a
85
T8
na omid omid
60
T4
na IDYmilkshake IDYmilkshake
95
T10
na cinebaixar
95
T10
na RPaulson
95
T9
na karamazov karamazov.
38
T3
na Fran
60
T4
na Major Tom
84
T3
na Ario Ario
69
T3
na TonyKB
95
T10
na parannoyed parannoyed
85
T3
na Anita.k
78
T9
na TraverseTown
50
T4
na LEAVES
55
T7
na Vendetta
80
T6
na TIGGS
95
T9
na MrCinema Mr.Cinema
73
T9
na terabin
78
T7
na cerenelit
100
T10
na Art_Vandelay Art Vandelay
78
T8
na ifragment ifragment
76
T7
na glm01
83
T7
82.500
na batui
65
T5
na theyshoot07
91
T9
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na plantedtrees
79
T6
na welike
30
T7
na winds winds
7
T10
na armin1568
85
T5
na morozig morozig
40
T2
na majorhobo
93
T10
na sakaerka sakaerka
75
T3
na rudolf55
94
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na mkuhestanie
55
T2
na tommy_leazaq
60
T4
na ehk2 ehk2
88
T10
na purgatos purgatos
93
T10
The strange production is likely the most famous thing about the film, but there's no big deal made about it in the movie. I wouldn't have known what they did until reading about it afterward, it's executed brilliantly. The film itself is about art(cinema specifically), what it means to us and what different people will do in its name. It really forces you to think about your perceptions.
na ari
90
T10
na Air23
88
T10
na Henrik Henrik
90
T10
na borges
5
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na Melvelet
80
T6
na AJD612
83
T8
na bedirhankara bedirhankara
72
T5
na dumbjaw dumbjaw
66
T6
na HVM
70
T6
na Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
85
T9
na bkam
60
T2
na pedro pedro .
96
T9
na ericdupont ericdupont
95
T10
na bluep
78
T7
na farhad44 farhad44
75
T7
na mrtgrsy mrtgrsy
75
T8
na kazuality
98
T8
na mathias
75
T8
na zepra
79
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na wabrit
75
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na Halmbrander Halmbrander
80
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na TrixRabbi TrixRabbi
85
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na micmac micmac•
57
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na kjfellows kokirijazz
4
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na P_u_l_p P u l p
85
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na B_Side B-Side
85
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na theyshoot11
89
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na sunsetparade sunsetparade
98
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na GodsOfWar
30
T2
na madadude
73
T6
na PSJ PSJ
81
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na ronthedog 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 cripplehorse cripplehorse
81
T9
na Zeno
87
T10
na daryaa daryaa
70
T7
na marjanbrz
80
T7
na mxr110
92
T10
na bibis bibis
80
T5
na rickicker 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 dissidentdov
90
T9
na HenrikM HenrikM
90
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na imdb imdb
83
T10
na PolegaR PolegaR
80
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na WBadger WBadger
90
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na Danilolopes Danilolopes
90
T8
na gam01 gam01
90
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na LetsGoEatHuh LetsGoEatHuh
80
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na MMAlpha MMAlpha
85
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na jonnykungfu
85
T9
na short
64
T6
na B_HOP B-HOP
86
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na erkmen erkmen
81
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na MrHedgepig MrHedgepig
93
T9
na sevin
73
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na Raf Raf
70
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na marcelvidal marcelvidal
100
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na Seethruskin Seethruskin
96
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na gcgiles gcgiles
90
T7
na johnatanjj johnatanjj
96
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na petcor80
80
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na sawyer
55
T5
na pupetman64
8
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na mucar mucar
79
T8
na masoud.nle
85
T6
na popolinka Thegoodboy
92
T10
na tankut
55
T3
na caga caga
4
T9
na Tds4a 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 dzacharyt
16
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na lauratron lauratron
91
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na They Turn Me
100
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na inmate inmate
91
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na Paulobtusus
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na shahin19
75
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na bal3x bal3x
70
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na MA M_A
86
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na moody_mehdi moody mehdi
96
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na lightmyfire lightmyfire
83
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na Stokes
88
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na Rick Deckard
93
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na LLawliet L Lawliet
75
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na PatsLondon Pats_London
88
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na rant1229 rant1229
4
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na dramat
100
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na theyshoot10
89
T8
219
na postmodifier postmodifier
80
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na Svengali Svengali
65
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na faruksongur faruksongur
99
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na julianross
100
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na kyleloomis kyle.loomis
9
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na coffee coffee
88
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na akjn akjn
81
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na ormz ormz
6
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na Phelipe Phelipe
96
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na gargantua gargantua
88
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na django django
90
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na PimpPanda
94
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na RavynLoony
85
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na volver
75
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na benthamite
70
T6
na arirang arirang
94
T10
na Valenzetti Valenzetti
97
T10
To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
na RetinaScan RetinaScan
90
T8
na pitn
87
T6
na woczek
89
T10
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