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.