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Taste of Cherry

Ta'm e guilass

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, France, 1997


Palme d’Or-winning account of an Iranian man who drives around in his truck in search of anyone who bury him beneath a cherry tree after he commits suicide beneath it.

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Taste of Cherry Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Cinephiles love to talk about the thrill of pure cinema – the jolting joy of the spectacle that only the medium of film can give us. Some find it in Alfred Hitchcock, others find it in Andy Warhol. I found it in the last place I expected it to be: in the difference, the transition between the two final scenes in Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry.
July 01, 2015
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Part of the appeal of a film like Taste of Cherry — Abbas Kiarostami’s minimalist masterpiece, all white-canvas stretches of silence and inaction — lies in its openness to interpretation, in how it invites us to invest meaning in it rather than simply extract the meaning imposed upon it. Minimalism is about encouraging reflection, on form and content both, but Taste of Cherry in particular betrays a deeper understanding of self-reflexivity.
May 28, 2015
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This is one of the great big-screen experiences, comparable in its effect to L’ECLISSE or 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Like those films, Abbas Kiarostami’s Palme d’Or winner confronts some of the essential questions of existence; while Kiarostami’s approach may be more modest than Antonioni’s or Kubrick’s, the poetic simplicity of TASTE OF CHERRY assumes a monumental quality when projected.
April 08, 2011
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