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What's your favorite film by Abbas Kiarostami?

haven't seen any
3 (11.5%)
don't like any
1 (3.8%)
other
0 (0%)
The Bread and Alley
0 (0%)
The Traveler
0 (0%)
Two Solutions for One Problem
0 (0%)
Where is the Friend's Home?
1 (3.8%)
Homework
0 (0%)
Close-Up
7 (26.9%)
Life and Nothing More...
1 (3.8%)
Through the Olive Trees
0 (0%)
Taste of Cherry
3 (11.5%)
The Wind Will Carry Us
1 (3.8%)
ABC Africa
0 (0%)
Ten
1 (3.8%)
Five Dedicated to Ozu
0 (0%)
10 on Ten
0 (0%)
Shirin
0 (0%)
Certified Copy
8 (30.8%)
Like Someone in Love
0 (0%)
24 Frames
0 (0%)

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Kiarostami, Abbas
« on: April 20, 2011, 11:34:20 AM »
1. The Wind Will Carry Us
2. Close-Up
3. And Life Goes On
4. Through the Olive Trees
5. The Traveler
6. Where Is the Friend's Home?

7. Like Someone in Love
8. Ten
9. A Taste of Cherry

10. Certified Copy
11. Homework
12. The Report



I watched part of 10 on Ten but was turned off by Kiarostami's apparent ego.  His segment of Tickets is decent.
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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 11:42:51 AM »
1. The Wind Will Carry Us
2. Taste of Cherry

Love both.

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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011, 12:02:30 PM »
Where is the Friend's Home

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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 12:43:04 PM »
1. Certified Copy
2. Taste of Cherry
3. The Wind Will Carry Us
4. Close-Up

All great.
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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2011, 12:55:16 PM »
Martin, I hope you're wrong. I started with Close-Up and loved it. I'd hate to think I peaked already.

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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011, 01:06:36 PM »
I'm fine with Close-Up being the peak, considering It would probably go in my Top 30 or so. I can't expect every Kiarostami to be at or above that level.
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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2011, 01:20:19 PM »
1. Taste of Cherry
2. Close-Up
3. Where is the Friend's Home
4. The Wind Will Carry Us
5. Through the Olive Tree
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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2011, 11:58:06 PM »
a written version of some of the stuff I talked about on the podcast.

Certified Copy Abbas Kiarostami, 2010

Gets better the more you think of it. Most movies insist one giving you one version of events in the form of their formulaic linear plots. Something like Last Year in Marienbad differs from that in that instead of giving you one explanation for a series of events, it gives you every possible explanation. Certified Copy works a lot like that. It's hard to talk about the plot because it's hard to even get the details of the main relationship right. You're never quite sure. So instead it's best to talk about the way that the characters throughout the film seem to multiply (or shift, that's a better word) into other versions of themselves. These two people might be strangers, maybe they're not, but what the film does is give us every possible permutation of their relationship, so that our understanding of this "copy" of a relationship is never fixed. But it's not just attacking its characters from every single point of view. The shift in the characters' personalities and identities is all done to test out the film's ostensible thesis (that a copy is just as good as the original). Think of each scene, each change of character, point of view, as a different example of the thesis being tested out and worked on. The film gets so deep into this game that at some point I thought an old couple walking close Binoche and Shimmell might be yet another possible version of them. All of this sounds very academic, yes, but the film's best achievement is making all those heady things accessible and fun, while actually building some sort of emotional core to the film. It's a copy of the cliched european arthouse item, sure, but that doesn't mean it can't move you.

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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2011, 06:59:25 PM »
1. Close-Up
2. Taste of Cherry
3. The Wind Will Carry Us
4. Life and Nothing More...

5. Ten
6. Certified Copy
7. The Traveler
8. Through the Olive Trees
9. Homework
10. Shirin
11. Where is My Friend's Home?
12. Like Someone in Love
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Re: Kiarostami, Abbas - Director's Best
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2011, 07:28:16 PM »
Masterpieces:
1. Life, And Nothing More...
2. Close-Up
3. Taste of Cherry

Kiarostami wrote the screenplay for Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold which is great.
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