2002, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran , 93 min.
With Mania Akbari, Amin Maher
- Sat, Oct 12th 3:00pm
- Wed, Oct 16th 8:00pm
"A work of inspired simplicity...a movie whose greatest virtue is its wry, compassionate precision."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“The ultimate lesson in less-is-more cinema…brilliant, almost symphonic.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
In a trademark strategy, taking the front seat of an SUV as the film’s sole location, Kiarostami conjures up an astonishing range of emotions and stories in the course of ten encounters between the car’s nameless female driver (actress and video artist Akbari) and the passengers she picks up while navigating the streets of Tehran. A testy leg of the journey with the divorced mother’s sullen and accusatory ten-year-old son (Maher, Akbari’s own son) in the front seat gives the driver a backstory of sorts, but the compressed space paradoxically creates distance rather than intimacy. A succession of passengers including the woman’s sister (newly jilted by her fiancé), a devout elderly woman en route to a shrine, and a prostitute represent touchingly subtle studies in female alienation. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)