Wind Will Carry Us (Widescreen)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 5 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Doug Anderson
I rented 'The Wind Will Carry Us' along with 'The Matrix'. They're strikingly similar.
I did enjoy it, by the way.
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 morePublished on April 28 2003 by BLee
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 morePublished on April 13 2003
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 morePublished on March 23 2003 by Swederunner
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 15 2003 by Matt