TASTE OF CHERRY
Abbas Kiarostami's "greatest film" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. As with many other Kiarostami films, its deceptively simple plot belies the depths it plumbs in its characters and its audience. Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi), a middle-aged man, drives through a barren landscape, looking for someone to agree to bury him after he commits suicide the following morning. Badii is eerily calm about his decision to end his life, despite the entreaties of each of the three candidates he tries to persuade. Their conversations become an evolving philosophical argument about the value of life in the face of death. Featuring a conclusion that is one of the most argued-over, analyzed and discussed moments in the history of cinema, TASTE OF CHERRY is perhaps Kiarostami's most haunting, enduring masterpiece. (Note courtesy of Freer|Sackler.) DIR/SCR/PROD Abbas Kiarostami; PROD Alain Depardieu. Iran, 1997, color, 95 min. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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