Baran (2002)

Baran

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Critic Consensus: The lyrical Baran is a moving film, both for its love story and political underpinnings.


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Young Latif works on a Tehran construction site with his fellow Iranians and a few illegal Afghan workers. When Latif is given heavier tasks to accommodate new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, though, Latif discovers Rahmat's secret -- he is a girl. Latif's heart softens to Rahmat and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. When government inspectors force all Afghans … More

Rating: PG (for language and brief violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Majid Majidi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Baran

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (25)

The film is remarkable for the naturalistic acting of its cast, particularly the tender performances of the two leads, Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
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It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.

December 20, 2002
Seattle Times
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It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity.

December 13, 2002
Boston Globe
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A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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More timely than its director could ever have dreamed, this quietly lyrical tale probes the ambiguous welcome extended by Iran to the Afghani refugees who streamed across its borders, desperate for work and food.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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At the right time of day, in the right frame of mind, Baran can and should be appreciated as a work of delicate and unmistakable beauty.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Baran

It was a very interesting look at life in Iran. Little more can be said for it. The premise was rather obsurd. After hating the person who took his job, he finds out it is a woman and suddenly gives up everything for her. All this without ever saying anything to her. She of course, has no interest. The acting wasn't particularly good. The pace was okay, but nothing special to hold a person's interest.

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Baran" is a simple, human, beautiful, touching, wonderful story. Exposing the situation of the Afghans refugees in Iran, after the Sovjet invasion, their civil war and the Taliban regime, this film also gives a lesson of humanity, sympathy and generosity. The actors and actresses have very realistic performances, showing an excellent direction and the character Baran does not speak any word along the story, using only her facial expression to disclose her inner feelings. And the sacrifice of Lateef to please the family of "Baran" shows a pure and platonic love.
BARAN is another excellent film that qualifies as one more of the finest Iranian dramas. Off course from Majid Majidi. Who else?

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Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

½

Here's an interesting movie by Majid Majidi. The story plot centralizes around young Lateef, a seventeen year old, who one day meets an Afghan worker named Rahmat. Rahmat takes the place of his father at a construction site in the city, and for a while Lateef treats him cruelly. Until one day, he realizes that Rahmat is truly Baran. He begins to fall in love with her. Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami stars. Worth seeing!

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

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