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731 Ratings

Life, and Nothing More...

Zendegi va digar hich

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 1992


Together with his young son a father heads off for an inimitable quest: By car they drive through the nightmarish chaos of the earthquake catastrophe from 1990. The destruction demanded over 50’000 deaths, entire villages were razed to the ground.

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Life, and Nothing More... Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Critics reviews

In utter control of this complex mise en scène, Kiarostami nevertheless understands the filmmaker’s role as a good observer and listener, ceding the spotlight so a local can explain how, even in the face of grievous misfortune, people might still want to watch a soccer match.
December 08, 2014
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The film’s exquisite sense of reality is of course a construction; it’s really nothing more than a profound sense of material presence, a way of placing us as spectators in the middle of an event being reimagined and observed at the same time. Kiarostami’s wonderful feeling for space and duration allows us to enjoy the unique textures of a place and event and gives us plenty of time to reflect on them.
October 23, 1992
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