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Baran Reviews

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Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

May 1, 2011
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.

Super Reviewer

May 11, 2009
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?

Super Reviewer

May 30, 2008
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!
January 5, 2012
My only criticism is that the beginning was a bit slow and didn't really know where this film was going (I knew nothing about this film). Aside from that, this was a really simple yet touching movie.
November 22, 2008
great film about maturity, humanity, and the sociopolitical issues faced in iran. austere with some great cinematography. you'll be thinking about its beauty and their faces long after the credits roll.
March 17, 2006
the best movie i have personally ever seen aside from it begans here. it's not the story itself the feeling that comes across.. of reality.. beautiful job!
March 10, 2014
Once again the great Iranian storyteller Majid Majidi touches our hearts with a look at the beauty of his country and life among its working poor. And once again he teaches a lesson about an unfamiliar culture using poignant personal stories and liberal lacings of humor. This time, however, his tale is especially timely, focusing on the plight of displaced illegal Afghani workers in Iran. (The movie was made before 9/11/01, so, presumably, the Afghanis' plight is even worse now.)If you've not yet discovered Majidi's movies on DVD, I recommend the three I've seen--this one, along with "Children of Heaven" and "The Color of Paradise."
December 19, 2013
I have seen a couple of movies from there and both were very good, as was this one. It has characters your heart just bleeds for.
May 21, 2011
Romantic movie redefined.
August 28, 2013
A magnificent movie on humaneness of a young boy.
January 5, 2013
Beautiful and poignant!
October 5, 2012
so much touchy...can feel the love of Lateef...
May 14, 2012
Very Enjoyable Yet Sad Iranian Film and Can Definitely Relate.
May 8, 2012
Great movie! Takes place in Iran where Afghan refugees have escaped their warn torn country. The government of Iran forbids employing the refugees and this movie follows a story line loosely associated with that legislation. I really liked it.
March 3, 2012
An honest love story with political overtones.....amazingly well shot, it uses natural colors to make even the most barren and isolated of places look beautiful!
Dave J
March 19, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012

(2001) Baran
(In Iranian with English subtitles)

Small story stretched into a well made hour and a half film! Excellent 1st act, okay second act and 3/4 of the story is conventional with a great 4th act! Similar to other border crossing movies between Mexico and the United States centering on immigrants looking for work, in this case illegal Afganies illegally entering into Iranian soil to make a dollar. Movie stars Hossein Abedini as Lateef whose assigned to the most easiest job of this construction site as tea server and he cuts corners by doing the least amount of work as much as possible to get more for his dollar. Upon coming to work, an injury happens injuring one of the workers, and on the very next day, an old man shows up along with his son claiming that he's working on behalf of the injured person in question! All was okay until this new person accidently spills plaster on another worker below and then Lateef making fun of him at the same time making the boss to pull Lateef out of his easy going job and then giving it to the young boy making him to work with the other workers. Lateef gets upset about this and threatens to get even with the little boy until he suddenly dumping wet plaster on him, who also got the old man he was walking with. The irony was that the supposedly young boy is really a young lady who appears to be almost the same age as the leading character changing his whole attitude toward her who has the opportunity to sqeal on her. This is just on the first thirty minutes by the way, meaing that the reason I'm describing this is that despite what people see on television and on the news about Iranians and about the people of Afganistan, some of the films coming out of there are civilized and non-violent which don't involve any political turmoil at all, with at the same time showcasing females labelled as second class citizens over coming their secondary class roles which is similar to what happened everywhere else no matter where you live. This film is originally a 75% but that one scene near the beginning when Lateef finds out who this boy really is, is powerful as they come.

3 out of 4
October 23, 2011
The excellent movie which makes me to smile, laugh, cry and un-sleep...etc
July 12, 2011
Movie Gem of the Week: I loved it...nothing more to say.
May 29, 2011
What begins as a somewhat typical political film about the harsh life of illegal immigrants, in this case, Afghan to Iran, turns into a beautiful, quiet love story. A visually stunning, poetic film that is not about words, but eloquent silences. Directed by Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven, The Color of Paradise)
February 17, 2011
vivid movie that is primarily based on a young illegal afghan girl who pretends and disguises herself to look like a boy so that she can help support her family when her father is severely injured in the workplace. tension arises when a young lazy iranian worker fears losing his more lax job for the boy/girl and flares go off, but only as far to his discovery of her secret. keeping it to himself, he immediately yearns for her and sacrifices much to aide her family and muster up actions to show her how he feels. too much symbolism and unspoken emotional content to illustrate in a short review, but it's deep. as in most of majidi's films, the ending will be left to your imagination, but the ride is always worth the trip.
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