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2,687 Ratings

Close-Up

Nema-ye Nazdik

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 1990
Crime, Documentary, Drama

Synopsis

“A frustrated young film-buff, who had been posing as Mohsen Makhmalbaf, gets arrested”. The news provided Kiarostami with the basic idea for a semi-documentary film entitled “Close-up”. Two cameras film the trial, of which one with a close-up lens to probe into the psychological truth of the case.

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Close-Up Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Empathy, not gamesmanship, is the real core of the film: Kiarostami’s curiosity about the personal and social forces that led Sabzian to keep up this ruse in the first place. The film’s final sequence remains one of cinema’s most moving depictions of an artist bridging the gap between fiction and real-life in a spirit of solidarity.
April 13, 2016
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The film is easily one of the genius feats of construction in lower-case modernist cinema. It may be a witness, its own witness at that, in complicated ways, but its need for an audience is simple charity: you will know your own level of compassion depending on how you react to this tale of ingenuity, daring, humility and mind-boggling legal complications.
January 11, 2011
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[Kiarostami] became famous for open-ended movies that must be completed by the viewer’s imagination, and this film—which opens itself up to greater suspicion with every turn—comes closest to providing a raison d’etre for his innovations. Instead of merely following a movie obsessive’s transformation of life into cinema, CLOSE-UP sees a wave of imagination spread out over everything it touches.
July 23, 2010
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What are people saying?

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film Close-Up

    rewatched and RE-LOVED. can't believe how brilliant is the final scene. KIAROSTAMI directed the films we always dreamed.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Close-Up

    Maybe not Kiarostami's very best, but I can see its appeal to critics: cinephilia as both sickness and cure, as monomania and enlightenment, as a way to exploit or illuminate the real world. It knows that film is illusory, and that even if you acknowledge that, you can't be fully trusted. But its neorealism-turned-inside-out couldn't be warmer. Final coup: having the equipment break during a wish-fulfillment finale.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Close-Up

    Kiarostami delivers a brilliant film that blurs the line of documentary and fiction filmmaking while also saying a lot about the power of cinema and the hold it has over us and what it can get us to do. Pure filmmaking that poses the hard questions but makes us take the time to try and answer them.

  • Miggy Angel's rating of the film Close-Up

    a genre-busting mix of testimony, documentary, real-life events, & performance. not so much a who-did-it as a why-did-it. posits some pertinent questions about crime & proprietary, the morality of motivation intersecting with the immorality of laws, about art & deception, the yearning for connection & recognition at the heart of the creative life, & builds to an emotional climax of overwhelming power.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Close-Up

    In this brilliant film, Kiarostami's intuition and genius is in its best. He had a script and financing and was ready to shoot when he learned about a story in the news. And he decided to give up the script he had and do his film about the story that interested him. The way he did it? He asked the people involved to act as themselves (in the fraud where a man poses as a famous movie director). They accepted!

  • Alex's rating of the film Close-Up

    Happy to see Kiarostami best film in the S&S top50. What i like is that makes you feel like a hypocrite and doesn't need to judge you, the important thing of all is the idea, the thought of the importance of power, fame, respect in today's society. Like someone said 'Laugh, and the world will laugh with you, cry and you will cry alone.'

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Close-Up

    this film is a fascinating masterpiece. what seems real is utterly fake and what seems fake is perhaps the most real. the characters within characters is fascinating. and the fact that kiarostami gives a documentary feel to something which is mostly staged is perfection. the comments on the idols of cinema in iran and the manner of social positions is also brilliant. this is one of the landmark cinematic works.

  • knockkneed's rating of the film Close-Up

    A beautifully executed project of course, but I find the courtroom and interview footage a little empty and excessive

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