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Taste of Cherry (1997)

Ta'm e guilass (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 November 1997 (France)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

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Abbas Kiarostami
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Cast

Credited cast:
Homayoun Ershadi ... Mr. Badii
Abdolrahman Bagheri Abdolrahman Bagheri ... Mr. Bagheri
Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari ... Soldier
Safar Ali Moradi Safar Ali Moradi ... The soldier
Mir Hossein Noori Mir Hossein Noori ... The seminarian
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Ahmad Ansari Ahmad Ansari
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Storyline

Middle-aged Mr.Badii is planning to commit suicide and desperately seeks anyone to assist him - he has already dug out the grave in the mountains, but the assistant will have to bury him when he will do the deed. He asks Kurd soldier, Afghan seminarian, but everyone refuses by some reason. Finally he finds an old Turkish taxidermist, who has a sick son and previously attempted suicide himself, and he agrees to assist Badii. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Taste of Cherry See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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$10,923
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1.66 : 1
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In the opening scene, as Mr. Badhi is driving past laborers looking for work, the same middle-aged white haired man, wearing a checkered sweater vest, is seen twice. See more »

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Mr. Bagheri: If you look at the four seasons, each season brings fruit. In summer, there's fruit, in autumn, too. Winter brings different fruit and spring, too. No mother can fill her fridge with such a variety of fruit for her children. No mother can do as much for her children as God does for His creatures. You want to refuse all that? You want to give it all up? You want to give up the taste of cherries?
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Khuda Bowad Yaret (May God be your protector)
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"Slow and good start but gradually became boring."
25 October 2012 | by manendra-lodhiSee all my reviews

Abbas Kiarostami has his own language of cinema. The story will look to be great when you will read a synopsis somewhere (actually it is great) and you will know already that it is going to be slow. The story is about a man searching for someone to bury him after he dies. Well he is going for a suicide. In his search he meets a lot of people. The film depicts his meet with them. What you are going to see are questions about right and wrong.

PROS:

The film has an intriguing subject. The screenplay however does not have charming twists or anything like that which will keep you on edge of the seat. The car is moving through a path and you hear and think about the dialogs. You have a lot of time in the film itself to watch and think of what the person feels. The film is not made for a commercial audience. It is made for the purpose of explaining some situation. You cannot expect excitement in these films. It takes you through the dilemma of a man while he is trying to find a person to bury him. Another thing to focus on is the different types of people that he meets. There are moments when you will feel that the real reason to make the film is exploring human behavior, his ideas. It's not that you'll get entirely bored but if you are a patient viewer than you will slowly get to the root of the film.

CONS:

The character of the lead actor was explored from a different angle and it would have been good if we were given an insight in his past life. It is OK that the main focus of the film is to explore human nature but the man is trying to do this thing and his character will look confusing to the audience because they don't know enough about him.

VERDICT: "Commercial viewers should refrain."


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