Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: Ta’m e Guilass
Iran/France, 1997. Abbas Kiarostami Productions, CiBy 2000, Kanun parvaresh fekri. Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami. Cinematography by Homayun Payvar. Produced by Alain Depardieu, Abbas Kiarostami. Film Editing by Abbas Kiarostami. Podcast: My Criterions. Boston Film Critics Awards 1998. Cannes Film Festival 1997. New York Film Critics Awards 1998.
Brutally simple film by Abbas Kiarostami about a middle-aged businessman determined to commit suicide. He drives through and around Tehran picking up a soldier, a theological student and an aging taxidermist, enlisting them all to help him in his plan and offering money and receiving resistance in return. It isn’t until his third passenger that the protagonist also receives some advice about dealing with despair and is told a story that will mean quite a lot to the audience regardless of whether or not it affects the listener. Full of soulfully beautiful images, the film is often interesting but more often a bore, and will anger all but the most patient viewers.