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Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

It's not a film for the impatient -- no guns, no chases, no explosions. What it does have is beautiful cinematography and a thoroughly positive vibe.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 14, 2009
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

[It] proves that, even in our troubled times, East and West can still come together, when necessary, to produce something completely and utterly confusing.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2008
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It is neither engaging nor enlightening.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 11, 2008
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A lovely if meandering fantasia about the power of narrative.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 19, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Offside) conjures magic from an array of pastels, shimmering lights, and enigmatic ruins.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 30, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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The movie never gains much narrative momentum and the religious elements remain a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but the fine Sufi music and skillfully crafted images make for pleasant-enough viewing.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 29, 2008
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

More like homework than entertainment

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2008
Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
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Perhaps inevitably, the story and characters in Bab'Aziz never rival the interest of its photography.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2008
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net

Those who find Rumi's wisdom as unknowable as desert sand constantly reshaped by the wind that blows it, will have the same reaction to Bab'Aziz.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

April 17, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's nothing wrong with being difficult if there's a payoff at the end. Screenwriter-director Nacer Khemir provides that with a visually stunning final scene that makes sense of everything that came before.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2008
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Using a mostly seamless series of narrative techniques, the film spins a string of interconnected stories based on Sufi mysticism.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2008
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[Nacer] Khemir, a poet and a painter as well as a filmmaker... uses the endless, timeless desert landscape to create an existence in which past and present coexist.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

March 13, 2008
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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With the collaboration of screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Khemir has created a fresh variation on the somewhat tired subgenre of the crisscross, in which the paths of strangers intersect and converge.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 22, 2008
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

An episodic fairy tale that dazzles the eyes and sometimes tries the patience.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2008
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Although beautifully filmed, Bab'Aziz's form mirrors the actions of its characters, wandering the desert and dancing among the tales, returning to the present-day story for Ishtar, with her wise, old face, to say, 'What happened next?'.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

February 11, 2008
Phil Hall
Film Threat

The arrival of the film is, to misuse a dervish cliche, something worth singing and dancing about.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2008
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine

As far as fable imports go, Bab'Aziz is a step up from the Disney-grade moralism of Milarepa, but it's even less memorable.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The director, Nacer Khemir, wrote the story 'with the participation of' Tonino Guerra, who has worked with greats such as Fellini, Antonioni and Tarkovsky. Enough said.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Bab'Aziz was shot mostly in parched Iranian landscapes; the film's brilliant cinematographer, Mahmoud Kalari, frames the dunes, rock formations and sandblasted village and cities with a poet's eye, turning real spaces into dreamscapes.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2008
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