THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES
The final film in Abbas Kiarostami's Koker Trilogy is an investigation of the complex relationship between cinema and real life, which evolved from an incident in the earlier film AND LIFE GOES ON. THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES features an actor playing Kiarostami, who is looking for amateur actors to star in a film called AND LIFE GOES ON. The couple he chooses, however, has a history that repeatedly and humorously thwarts the filmmaker's ambitions: the woman recently spurned the man's marriage proposal and is forbidden by family and tradition from speaking to him, except within the fictional world of the film. This brilliant cinematic allegory earned raves around the world and paved the way for such later masterpieces as TASTE OF CHERRY and THE WIND WILL CARRY US. (Note courtesy of Freer|Sackler.) DIR/SCR/PROD Abbas Kiarostami; PROD Alain Depardieu. France/Iran, 1994, color, 103 min. In Persian with English subtitles. RATED G
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