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A story of a group of people from the city that arrives in a little Iranian village with a strange mission. They're pretending to be engineers, but they are waiting for the death of a woman

india Updated: Oct 10, 2003 19:00 IST

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Behzad Dourani, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Elmi, BahmanGhobadi

This is the story of a group of people from the city that arrives to a little village in Iran with a strange mission. They pretend to be communications engineers, but they are mysteriously waiting the death of a more than 100-year-old woman.

This is also a story of friendship between the leader of the group and a little boy from the village. But this is also the story of the culture differences between a man from the city and a little village, and the personal changes he experiences while he has to stay there.

A strange film, with no "story", no dialogue, more like an incantation of nature and of life in all its simplicity and also death always loitering in the background for Kiarostami. A strange and magnificent succession of images that we would like to stop in order to admire them all the more, but in the game of patient repetition, they become almost incantatory.. It ends with a gesture that is both absurd and surely loaded with symbolism: throwing a large bone, into a torrent of water. Death in a stream ... More and more stripped to essentials from one film to the next, Kiarostami's films seem to be heading for transparency. Will they leave feeling finding what they are looking for?

Production: M2K Productions
Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami
Cinematography: Mahmoud Kalari

First Published: Oct 10, 2003 17:16 IST