• 2008
  • Iran
  • 1h 30min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Cast: Niki Karimi, Golshifteh Farahani, Juliette Binoche
  • Language: Persian

Kiarostami's latest work stages a re-telling of the 12th century Persian legend of Shirin and Khosrow. Experimental master of the long take, he chooses to focus on the (solely female) faces of the audience watching the film, rather than the story itself. Indeed, the women's faces relate the drama of the legend effectively enough, but it is too conceptual to be anything other than a cerebral experience for the viewer.

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23 Jul 20093 stars

Revered Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami’s latest work stages a dramatic re-telling of the 12th century legend of Shirin and Khosrow. It’s a tragic and brutal tale of female self-sacrifice, but here’s the rub: the central attraction is missing.

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