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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 Pats_London
88
T9
na corley
75
T8
na india
65
T2
na sepid
83
T6
na Chazz Chetly
95
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na zamanzaman
86
T10
na lostty
76
T6
na bedirhankara
72
T5
na eats-almonds
94
T10
na theyshoot10
89
T8
219
na djross
96
T10
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 Air23
88
T10
na micmac•
57
T4
na david99
8
T9
na purity
3
T9
na ehk2
88
T10
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 meliorism
95
T10
na glm01
83
T7
82.500
na mjf333
93
T10
na LEAVES
55
T7
na tonydal
75
T6
Sabzian gives a very good performance (or "performance") in the lead role. He's quite touching.
na phil-
97
T10
na lotr-sam0711
90
T9
na gcgiles
90
T7
na KGB
90
T10
na mehrejaee
77
T7
na snallygaster
66
T7
na carolgesser
72
T8
na sunsarasun
50
T1
na Hallogallo
8
T6
na JohnSandwich
90
T10
Powerful and complex.
na escapistwit
92
T8
na JooJoo
8
T10
na marjanbrz
80
T7
na akjn
81
T9
na kokirijazz
4
T6
na jjackson80
94
T10
na theyshoot11
89
T8
#218
na WongKarWhat?
77
T7
na kafka29
75
T4
na sergebarber
50
T5
na jpmarchant
89
T6
na Kiddo
94
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 Exposure
75
T4
na sofielykke
99
T10
na Kerc
20
T5
na Electronic6
95
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na Seethruskin
96
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na atreides
98
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na -Vahid-
100
T10
na LRibeiro
75
T6
na dijivehav
100
T8
na morozig
40
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na Shahed
100
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na b4con
85
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na jethro
90
T9
na MentalCritic
93
T10
na tanguero
75
T8
na Grimsrud
85
T8
na ryannichols7
99
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na aneves
95
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na Jazzaloha
85
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na Parallax
88
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na mucar
79
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na Barkinson
45
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na catcry
69
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na bluep
78
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na yekpanjare
73
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na Major Tom
84
T3
na aaronwhat
90
T8
na P u l p
85
T8
na Phelipe
96
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na Alban
15
T5
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 masoud.nle
85
T6
na hajikarimi
87
T4
na e-ball
95
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na pitn
87
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na oktncgr
90
T4
na nrm5
92
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na Coheed
90
T10
na 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 dzacharyt
16
T6
na bahador
90
T7
na electriccafe
90
T9
na bmrow
95
T8
na fact100
87
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na marco_n65
82
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na jackinthebox
90
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na arirang
94
T10
na smhdlk
79
T6
na cloak
87
T10
na cgwami
91
T9
na Halmbrander
80
T6
na frankman
68
T5
na Art Vandelay
78
T8
na gaucho
6
T9
na nairaglub
95
T10
na daryaa
70
T7
na benthamite
70
T6
na DrinkMilk
75
T9
na ChrisReynold
67
T7
na Kreutzer
100
T10
na theyshoot07
91
T9
# 172
na SlantMag
40
T10
"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
na bal3x
70
T7
na LetsGoEatHuh
80
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 StrifeKnot
95
T10
na buttercup
8
T8
na Hofschneider
78
T7
I like it. But it seems, I'm not smart enough to love it.
na RPaulson
95
T9
na sengir
80
T7
na coot
84
T9
na 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 cinebaixar
95
T10
na imdb
83
T10
na Henrik
90
T10
na frbrown
100
T10
na peekingpanda
85
T10
na asafarkhani
90
T8
na maborosi
58
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na cavitbaran
95
T10
na ricardo reis
100
T10
na Guaporense
76
T8
na close-up
100
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na dmk
90
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na Yorick
50
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na flowing
68
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na shahin19
75
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na nina
96
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na frg
10
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na Ario
69
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na Fran
60
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na cripplehorse
78
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na finkly
70
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na sbirko
64
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na scanoni
58
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na alik
60
T1
na Timmer
93
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na barisius
82
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na Josh Forrest
85
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na alive75
93
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na Stokes
88
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na Piglet
99
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na pedrodmp
96
T10
na onuryilyang
98
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na annie
85
T10
na Sane
95
T10
na Silent River
72
T8
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 zizigulu
80
T7
na jokevv
80
T10
na ailm
65
T8
na TIGGS
95
T8
na pinq09
61
T6
na DougReese
55
T6
na coltrane
7
T10
na kyle.loomis
9
T10
na authorial
85
T8
na itsirc
82
T10
na flaneur
90
T9
na matheusc
96
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na volver
75
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na nickv
82
T10
na ROCKETMAN
33
T2
na gba
75
T3
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 kvaka65
5
T9
na farhad44
75
T7
na luismomm
95
T10
na bibis
80
T5
na marcelvidal
100
T10
na yamyum
75
T2
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 loureed
85
T8
na mark83
7
T8
na gmeadows
94
T10
na Paulobtusus
4
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 buak
90
T9
29 Mayis 2013 & ''herkesin bir gerekcesi vardir su hayatta.''
na RNG
60
T7
na eveelun
79
T8
na moody mehdi
96
T9
na Bluedeed
100
T10
na woodke1235
95
T10
na lucas M.
100
T10
na DBibby
98
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 huftis
60
T2
na maryam.a
85
T8
na GodsOfWar
30
T2
na ari
90
T10
na funkybusnss
100
T10
na Fetsch
87
T10
na evolving
87
T10
na I.L.
73
T6
na debaser1985
72
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na Mr. Mxyzptlk
91
T8
na coutinho
93
T10
na paladru
90
T10
na Seftref
75
T9
na madadude
73
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na fabiovisnadi
96
T10
na guany
80
T4
na sidehacker
61
T4
na bkam
60
T2
na felipelahm
95
T10
na D_Kaufman
93
T9
na dsjoerdsma
85
T9
na carinapenedo
80
T8
na blahzor
60
T4
na RetinaScan
90
T8
na kakivsjok
80
T7
na Sheldrake
80
T9
na sevin
73
T7
na filmaffinity
77
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na Thebes
85
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na AJD612
83
T8
na Johnny Case
78
T10
na TonyKB
95
T10
na filmik
95
T10
na MrHedgepig
93
T9
na pzingg
98
T10
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 elimpe
75
T7
na ehrenkm
70
T5
na pl_
60
T3
na jabar
83
T9
na mklehner
85
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na joachimt
90
T10
na avgcrtckr
79
T10
na givethanks
85
T10
na sangsues
97
T8
na donquixotic
0
T6
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 biblioklept
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T9
na jeff_v
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na FlixR8r
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na mrtgrsy
75
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na submor
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na Zeno
87
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na TraverseTown
40
T4
na HVM
70
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na eumaios
88
T9
na Bryan C.
85
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na Exidor
80
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na JasonKDarby
90
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