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Baran (2001)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 7

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


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 1

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



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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,


Art House & International, Drama

Majid Majidi

Oct 22, 2002

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

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: 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.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: 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.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: 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.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Uma comovente (e divertida) história de amor.

August 24, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Filled with honest performances and exceptional detail, Baran is a gentle film with dramatic punch, a haunting ode to humanity.

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

a wonderfully warm human drama that remains vividly in memory long after viewing

March 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

The faces of its inarticulate characters tell the story, and Majidi has put some amazing faces on the screen.

December 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film's sharp, often mischievous sense of humor will catch some off guard...

November 1, 2002
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

This rather superficial arthouse middle-brow film knows how to please a crowd, and that's about all it does well.

October 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Baran isn't the most transporting or gripping film from Iran -- or, indeed, by its director -- but it's a worthy companion to the many fine, focused films emerging from that most surprising of nations.

September 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Juxtaposes a vibrant, modern Iran against the harsh existence of its refugees for a film that is both political and powerfully personal.

September 5, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Majidi] makes us think twice about immigrants we see around us every day.

August 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Offers viewers an honest portrayal of the realistic dilemmas confronting its characters and of the inspiring ways by which they learn to overcome them.

August 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinephiles

The universal theme of becoming a better person through love has never been filmed more irresistibly than in 'Baran.'

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The movie itself is timeless and universal, at once artless and sophisticated in its ability to engross.

July 19, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

The film has real grace, and it delivers the plight of Afghan women as well as any report filed from the war.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
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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.
May 1, 2011

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?
May 24, 2009
Daisy Maduro

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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!
March 13, 2009
Leo L

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