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Wind Will Carry Us: 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Import]

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The movies of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami defy the expectations of anyone raised on Hollywood or even European films. The Wind Will Carry Us, for example, is about a filmmaker who comes to a small village where an old woman is dying, hoping to document a harsh ritual of mourning practiced by the villagers. Unfortunately for him, the invalid clings to life, and he spends most of his time driving up and down a mountainside because his cell phone only gets good reception at the top. But while he waits and frets, around him the life of the village continues, and this vitality--captured in moments that seem like a diversion from the movie's supposed storyline--is fundamentally what The Wind Will Carry Us is about. What seems dull one moment will suddenly become a rich and subtle expression of human behavior. A strikingly different cinematic experience. --Bret Fetzer


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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit TOO Esoteric April 16 2004
By Howie
Format:DVD
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One of the golden rules I go by when watching a DVD is this: I eventually look aside at the DVD player's timer. I do this because the movie has disconnected with my brain; it's more of a visceral reaction, not something I do consciously.
So, I make a note of the time on the timer. If the number is low, say a 7 or an 8 minutes, then the movie usually gets kicked out - it won't hold my attention and I have better things to do with my time than watch a bad movie. If it's high, 25 or 30 minutes, then the movie has surpassed my expectations.
This movie rated a 16 minute-glance. Not great, really. Not "terrible", either.
The things I enjoyed here are the glimpses of rural Iranian life. A couple things struck me: 1. the old lady knew what telecommunications was. Maybe the average rural arab is not the middle-ages barbarian most westerners think he is.
2. We in the west have this image of the typical Arab as a wholy devout Muslim, spending all their time talking about God and praying, and telling the world how much they hate Americans. God was only mentioned a couple times in this film, and the people wpent most of their day eeking out a life from the soil.
This made me think that maybe these people really aren't very different than us in the west: America calls itself a christian nation, but the majority of American's don't believe in Christianity or don't exercise their faith. Maybe the same is true of Arabs.
3. What a rich yet simple life they lead. The small village was beautiful - it wasn't filmed as well as it could have been, but still the atmosphere came through. I wanted to move there.
And what gorgeous land they lived in! Absolutely breathtaking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From apes to civilization Jan. 4 2004
Format:DVD
In 2001-A space odyssey, the thigh bone from a downed animal is used by a primate tool to kill one of the opposition gang and run the rest away. The first use of a tool, the first use of tool as weapon, a joyous cry for start of "civilization".
The primate twirls his discovery, the bone, skyward in rejoice. The tumbling bone morphs into a "pan am" space shuttle, and you probably know the rest.
The antagonist in the Wind finds a similar bone at the bottom of a well that a menial worker is digging. The well is for, what we learn, would be the foundation of a new cellular phone tower, or communication.
Our antagonist hero carries the bone around on the dashboard of his jeep, which he uses to rush to the top of the same hill day after day to better reception. He needs to talk to his boss about his journalistic mission of documenting a ritual common in kurdish communities upon a loved one's death. The suggestion is that primitive is something that modern society want to gawk at, at any
cost. We are left to our own devices to guess why this is so, but cheap shows on every television screen across the globe attests to this. From travel "documentaries" to game shows, zero in on primitive instincts.
It is an education of the senses that takes shape in this movie. From innate principals of human values, educated or not, taught by a young student to everyone in the film, to the pleasures of life for life's sake. The taste of cherries if you are lucky to be able to taste them any longer. Although,
here the cherries have also morphed into strawberries being harvested by young and beautiful people who don't gawk at nature as a primitive show, but as the temporary setting of their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having a wonderful time with time Dec 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The reviewer Doug Anderson nails this movie when he says: "Most films work by speeding things up and meeting expectations but Kiorastami works by slowing things down and subverting expectations." In fact, time itself is as much the subject of this film as is the plot. Time in The Wind Will Carry Us is "poem" time, with an intense focus on the ambiguity of the situation that makes time pool, and with its thematic repetitions (example: the frequent, frantic (and hilarious) rush to the hillside which is the only place in the village where a cell phone can be answered). Poems seduce us into standing still in real time to receive their illumination, and Kiorastami stands us still inside the beautiful visual for his purposes.
And a poem itself takes us to the heart of the movie's human considerations: the crew member who is the film's central figure descends into the pitch black cellar of a local farmer, and to the milking of a cow in the dark, we hear the poem of the same name as the film, by the Iranian woman poet Forough Farrokhzaad. Caution! If you're tuned in to the poem, this scene may make you weep!
It is a miracle in itself that I found Kiorastami's movie in a local Blockbusters in a small Hudson River Valley town! I want to see all his films. Such truths about our human condition! The director's a master.
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By TCP
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I knew nothing about this film, other than what I read on the back of the case, when I rented it this past weekend. I was in the mood for something other than a mainstream "Hollywood" film, and boy did I get my wish! After I "got it" that I was watching something that would not meet my "Americanized expectations" I sat back and truly enjoyed it! Becoming immersed in the pace, my whole day slowed right down and I began to notice small details that I wouldn't ordinarily get from mainstream movies and it was these small details that became immensely interesting and important. I agree with one person's suggestion that each person watching it will take away their own unique "understanding" of it. I feel that there is a reason for every act or decision we make in our life, and that we are personally motivated from within, from a core part of us that "connects" with the great "out there" to get us what we need to grow and move forward. The movie ended in no way that I expected it to, but I loved every moment that I didn't expect....in other words I was still extremely entertained and moved and educated and I would recommend this film highly. It's got a certain something that we find we need only by watching it.
Terri
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confused
Where does anyone get the idea that the main character was a film maker? Granted the "plot" was a little confusing, but unless something was lost in translation, it never... Read more
Published on March 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The New World and the Old
Plot summary: Film crew travels to remote village to document a death ritual. Once in the village, however, they find the deathly ill woman has not perished yet and so they settle... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by Doug Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Different ...
I rented 'The Wind Will Carry Us' along with 'The Matrix'. They're strikingly similar.
Just kidding.
I did enjoy it, by the way.
Published on May 19 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm not satisfied and It Doesn't Register...
It's too much a puzzle. Not much of poetry, in fact rather prosaic. Sorry I am not very satisfied and it doesn't really register save and except that it's quite a puzzle and, it's... Read more
Published on April 28 2003 by BLee
5.0 out of 5 stars The master does not stumble
This is one of Kiarostami's simplest films, and consequently one of his best. What is unseen and unsaid and unshown is central to the movie. The tension comes from waiting. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by "cerdogordo"
5.0 out of 5 stars This is art...
Three men arrive to a small mountain village in Iran where they are on a secret assignment, to await a woman's death who is over 100 years old and record the ritual ceremony of the... Read more
Published on March 23 2003 by Kim Anehall
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere carries this movie.
Abbas Kiarostami's *The Wind Will Carry Us* is about a small film crew from Tehran who station themselves in a remote village That Time Forgot. Their mission? Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A very beautiful film.
I first saw this film at my university's international cinema. I quickly fell in love with Iranian filmmakers. Kiarostami is the greatest among them. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiarostami Is Not Kurdish!
A review praised this film by Kiarostami as being a "nice Kurdish movie." Kiarostami is not Kurdish. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by Niloofar Ziae
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