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Baran (2001)

Cast: Zahra Bahrami, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein Abedini, more...
Director: Majid Majidi, Majid Majidi
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Middle East, Iran
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: Persian
Subtitles: English
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Following up on his masterfully told art house successes The Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, Majid Majidi directs this quietly affecting tale about illegal Afghan immigrants living and working in Iran. The film centers on Latif (Hossein Abedini), a young Iranian man who buys provisions and makes (awful) tea for the workers of a construction site. At the film's outset, an Afghan worker named Najaf falls from the second story and breaks his leg. A widower with five children to feed, Najaf is in dire financial straits. He sends his teenaged son Rahmat to the site under the care of family friend Solan. The teenager proves to be a lousy worker but a whiz at making tea. After one mistake too many, Memar -- the foreman -- has Latif hauling bags of plaster and puts Rahmat on tea detail -- a task which the lad proves to be quite a talent in. Rahmat also paints the kitchen, changes the curtains, and makes other rather unusual changes to the normally rough-and-tumble construction site. Soon everyone, save the resentful Latif, is eating lunch at an actual table bedecked with a tablecloth. Latif's anger and jealousy evaporates, however, once he makes a surprising discovery. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and AFI Film Festivals. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

You might also enjoy:
Color of Paradise
Absolutely touching and beautiful little film from the same director

Children of Heaven
Deceptively simple drama also featuring children; Majidi got an Oscar nomination for this one

The Circle
Brilliant, political film set in Tehran was banned in its native country

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wonderfully entranced! by DPangilinan February 2, 2005 - 12:00 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This film brings into light the suffering of Afghan refugees, the callousness of outsiders to their plight, and the unique insight into one man's inevitable transformation into a selfless human being. I could not pry my eyes away. Often the most beautiful things in life can be surrounded by a barren place. This story moves you into examining the excesses we have in our lives, and the small details others less fortunate than us, would cherish.

Beautifully touching film by raop74 June 13, 2004 - 11:31 AM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This film is lovely, with a simple message - give to others unconditionally. The main character, Lateef, transforms during the course of the movie from a selfish bully into a truly noble individual. This change occurs once he truly begins to understand the suffering of others, in this case displaced Afghans struggling to survive in Iran. Although the movie ends with many unanswered questions, the entire experience is very moving and inspiring.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.47)
95 Votes
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Youth is served
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Great scenes
there are certain scenes that you watch and cannot believe that you are watching what you are watching....

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