Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)
The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.
Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs.
Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.
Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion.
Audience Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)
kiarostami's masterpiece, radical cinema. i went in not knowing much about it and i recommend that approach. 'i'm tired of being me'
Had it not attempted to be so "artistic", and instead used cinematic liberties for better dramatization (again, with an entertaining instead of artistic approach) of this real life episode, I'd have enjoyed it far more than I did. Worth a shot in crisis.
I think my cool reaction to Close-Up is an issue of cultural division. Where many Iranian viewers find considerable merit in this, I thought it was interesting, but staid and ugly and painfully dull. I prefer Certified Copy, which explores many of the same themes in much more vibrant ways, in every respect.
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