Read about this film in Cyn Collins’s Daily Planet review, “21 films in 11 days.”
Director: MAJID MAJIDI
Recent tensions between the two countries have made it harder than ever for Iranian ﬁlms to ﬁnd their way to U.S. cinemas.The latest offering from esteemed director Majidi (Children of Heaven, The Color of Paradise) underlines just how much we’re missing.
Aging scholar Yusuf has been blind for most of his life, until he travels to France for a cornea operation that restores his sight. The apparent miracle reveals an unexpected dark side when he discovers that the sight of his beloved wife doesn’t appeal to him nearly as much as a young acquaintance does. By the director of The Color of God and Baran, his ﬁrst ﬁlm since 2000, a middle- class Iranian setting from his earlier underprivileged kids milieu. Mystical Persian poets — Hafez, Shams, Rumi — and what they have to say about love crop up in Majid’s ironic story, with the director’s signature religious overtones. “A beautiful ﬁlm, both simple and profound … Developing a story of erotic ﬁxation in a cinema that can’t show so much as an ankle or a shoulder is challenging, but Majidi pulls it off with panache.” – Salon.com
IRAN • 2005 • 96 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: MAJID MAJIDI