Film Review: Taste of Cherry (1997) by Abbas Kairostami

The reputation of an auteur precedes the work of art. And it does not get much bigger than Abbas Kairastomi. There are articles written on the order in which one needs to watch his movies, phases in one’s life when a movie makes more sense than others etc. And here I was about to watch the 1997 Palme d’Or winner. Normally I get carried away by such rhetoric. But I decided to watch this movie for what it is and with my experience of having seen two other Kiarastami movies, pen down my thoughts.

The protagonist is in search for someone to perform a task for him which comes with a generous pay. He drives around wastelands and construction sites in an Iranian city suburb, listening to conversations so as to find someone genuinely in need of money. Such a man would be sincere enough to
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