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3,761 Ratings

Taste of Cherry

Ta'm e guilass

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 1997


Middle-aged Mr. Badii wishes to die in a society where suicide is considered an abomination. Driving in the hills above Tehran, he searches for an accomplice who is willing to bury him after he is dead. He meets an assortment of different characters, but each have reasons to turn down the job.

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Taste of Cherry Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
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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A simple idea, almost an Aesopian tale, but one that branches off into complex dimensions and sub-themes relating to the human condition, the legitimacy of the act of suicide, and many other meanings.
September 12, 2000
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The film will leave no sympathetic viewer becalmed in mere cinephilic admiration.
May 31, 1999
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