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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)

Genres: Drama, Documentary

Country: Iran

Directed By: Abbas Kiarostami

Written By: Abbas Kiarostami

Starring: Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi

AKA: Nema-ye Nazdik

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QVT QVT
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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.
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"Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary." - Ed Gonzalez
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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.
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78T7
I like it. But it seems, I'm not smart enough to love it.
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100T6
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90T9
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94T10
Brilliant semi-documentary in which Kiarostami challenges our usual expectations about life and art and produces a warm and prescient human and social commentary.
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29 Mayis 2013 & ''herkesin bir gerekcesi vardir su hayatta.''
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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.
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Magb Magb
95T10
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.
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100T10
It's got the aesthetic of those arabic movies that my mom's side of the family like to watch with Adel Emam/Abdel-Halim Hafez in them, but in another form. This masterpiece HASN'T desensitized Kiarostami's other movies for me, thank god, which makes it even better.
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This is a perfect example of meta-cinema, but the problem of such cinema is that they can be boring and dull in terms of content. Kiarostami says that even though a film openly claims that it is based on reality, the audience always assumes a plasticity; and even a movie claims complete fictitiousness the audience assumes a reality in it. In a way that's an ontological essay about cinema. But I think that it'd be better if he had wrote that ideas down instead of making a boring movie.
Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
sellis
96T10
Every possible thing about this movie is amazing. Some unforgettable, powerful moments and images and sounds - especially towards the end. Cinema fully realized. It's like if Peter Watkins and Jean Luc Godard collaborated on something.
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91T10
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.
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85T9
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97T10
To those who say post-modernism can have no heart, I say, watch this film.
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69T5
cinemaddict
98T10
One of my alltime favorite films
Bryan C.
85T7
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85T10
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.
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88T10
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80T7
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80T7
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97T10
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80T7
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66T5
I get it even more now, but it still feels slight to me. The self-reflexive nature is almost too forward to actually produce any thought. Kiarostami wants the audience to fill the other half of his films with their imagination but the discourse here is handed to us but it lacks anything else. I feel like the opening gives us an interesting idea about the privilege of information, but nothing becomes of it. Rosenbaum, himself, calls it a "game" which seems kind of, I don't know, stupid?
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60T4
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50T5
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76T8
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65T5
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84T8
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.
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80T10
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88T10
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95T10
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100T10
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94T10
In searches for humanity we traverse roads spanning art, film, revolution, personas and truth to eventually reach a point constituting the best kind of weird--a point that could only have been reached using docu-drama and the multi-faceted perspectives implicated in that method. It is this multiview access to the histrionic Sabzian, combined with the oddity and simplicity of his character, that has made this character study perhaps the most profound and insightful to have ever hit the cinemas.
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