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Taste of Cherry (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection)

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  • Actors: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi, Mir Hossein Noori
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Writers: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Producers: Abbas Kiarostami, Alain Depardieu
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion / Vid Canada
  • Release Date: April 1 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305362688
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,481 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran-searching for someone to rescue or bury him. Criterion is proud to present the DVD premiere of Taste of Cherry in a beautiful widescreen transfer.


Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for this contemplative film about a Muslim, Mr. Badi (Homayon Ershadi), who drives around the barren hills outside Tehran, flagging down passersby and offering good money for a simple job that he's hesitant to explain. He's planning his suicide and seeks someone to perform something of a symbolic eulogy. Most of his subjects refuse (personal morality aside, suicide is forbidden to Muslims), but he finds an elderly taxidermist (Abdolrahman Bagheri) who agrees only because he needs the money for an ill child. Yet the old man gently pleads with him to choose life, to embrace the joys of earthly existence, to remember the taste of cherries. Though initially greeted with critical acclaim, A Taste of Cherry received poor distribution in the U.S. The meandering, deliberately paced drama is composed of long conversations and long silences, and the camera is locked in the car for entire sequences, staring at the protagonists in still closeups with the dusty landscape rolling past the windows of the Land Rover in the background. Kiarostami's film is not for everyone, but if you can embrace the quiet power and grace of his deceptively simple style, the film becomes a remarkably rich celebration of human dignity and resilience. By the astonishing conclusion we can see past Badi's age-etched face to the soul peering out from behind his sad eyes. --Sean Axmaker

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What a beautiful film! To me, it was not just about the theme (or the pace, which has cinematic purpose). The film will also appeal to people who like art - it reminded me of Tarkovsky in this respect (especially like his `Mirror'). One of the memorable scenes in Taste of Cherry is where the protagonist watches a sunset, where instead of the scene gradually fading and the sun disappearing, the scene fades,but the sun stays like a fiery orange dot in a black background....a foreboding of events to come. Also memorable is the last scene where the man lies in the pit to await death on a night with thunderstorms, and his face is sporadically illuminated by lightning.
People who are looking for `messages' will not like this film - it has to be watched as one would watch a piece of art or an art installation,without preconceived notions of how films should be.
Kiarostami is brilliant at filming scenes inside cars and all the actors are very good.
Funny - if you go by the subtitles in the DVD, the film title should be `Taste of Mulberry'.
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The customer reviewers who grew impatient with the car ride in Kiarostami's A Taste of Cherries must be stuck in the "are we there yet?" element of childhood rather than in its openness to impression. I liked the advice of reviewer Achilles Kyriakopoulos just to "concentrate on what you see." Submerse yourself in what you see and understanding will follow. Surrendering to the (always sumptuous) visual in Kiarostami's movies yields powerful insights into our complicated species.
We bound along dirt roads in his car with Bari, the central character, on a strange mission through the white dust of the bleached outskirts of Tehran and the red dust of the barren countryside. No juiciness, greenness, or comfort in the prospects for this ride. Why should there be? Bari has none.
Bari, looking for someone to help him complete the last stage of a mission, is picking up strangers and making an unusual proposal to them. When they hear it, the rising, naive fear of a young soldier, the creature simplicity of a plastic bag collector, and the compassionate inexperience of a seminary student are reflected in the faces of these men. Bari is asking to have some earth shoveled over him after his suicide. The soldier runs away in plain horror; the plastic-bag man, who seems rendered imbecile by poverty, sticks to collecting inventory for sale to support his family; and the seminary student escapes through his theology.
What can you do when you're watching the film and are thus stuck in the car with this man Bari? Stop watching? Grieve that he's past being moved by the human graces we encounter on the road-the beliefs and commitments, the lending hands, the cups of tea offered out of courtesy or fellow-loneliness?
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As I read the reviews of this film, I found there are two groups of viewers, one appreciated the film, the other finds it boring and tedious. I like this film, and I always find this kind of film fascinating. It is the kind of film that can be appreciated in more than one way, just like Fellini's "8 1/2" and Bergman's "The 7th Seal". Okay, maybe it is not as thought-provoking as "The 7th Seal" and not as artistically-peculiar as the "8 1/2", but it's thorouly simple and warm. The whole film is teaching its audience the simplest difference between being alive and dead, which is that living a life is supposed to be enjoyable and valuable. Knowing such simple truth, however, takes the main character over 50 years (he looks like 50-ish to me), and takes us, the audience, 101 minutes (if you appreciate this film), and it is absolutely worth it. How often do we see a unique film like this? And how often do we REALLY find life enjoyable and valuable? See this film, if once doesn't help ya, try twice, and hopefully you'll find its beauty.
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A man drives throughout the slums of Tehran, trying to find a man that agrees to burry him, after his suicide. This is the starting point of this rare movie gem, a masterpiece of auteur cinema and a profound reflection on the Human nature. As a moviemaker, Abbas Kiarostami is well regarded in Europe as one of the great directors from the asian continent, together with the great japanese directors and the indian Satyajit Ray. The Palme D'Or that he received in the Cannes Film Festival is a proof of the profound recongnizement that the europeans have for him. It looks like that in the USA, the first contact with this outstanding moviemaker is becoming rather frutuous,demonstrating that auteur cinema is appreciated everywhere. Without a great budget, Kiarostami managed to create a work that emerges directly from the depths of our soul, placing the problem of suicide before different persons of different religions and cultural roots. The rather harsh atmosphere of the movie, together with the magnificent performance of Homayon Ershadi, the main actor, make this a memmorable work, a piece of fine tapestry in the world of modern filmaking. I can only find simmilarities with Kiarostami, in the works of greek directos Theo Angelopoulos, specialy in his masterpiece "Eternity and a day", both directors that create portrayals of the human soul, their specificities, conflicts and problems.
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