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Gabbeh

Gabbeh (1997)

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100

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is just the second Iranian film ever widely distributed in the U.S. (Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon was the first). A gabbeh is an Iranian carpet produced by the nomadic Ghashghai tribe of southern Iran, comparable to the folk art of American quilts; in the film's opening scenes, an elderly husband and wife travel to a nearby stream to wash their gabbeh, discussing the meaning behind the figures sewn upon it. The rug depicts a woman in blue and a man in red, together

Sep 20, 2005

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A work of shimmering beauty.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Visually enchanting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There is hardly a composition in the film that couldn't be extracted and framed.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
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Movies such as this work like meditation or music, to nudge us toward the important.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like its subject, Gabbeh is woven with art.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Makhmalbaf attempts to follow the carpet idea by making his film dreamily romantic and non-realistic. Events seem to leap around in time and space, much like a dream.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

appropriately slight

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Makhmalbaf weaves together different threads into an unusual and intriguing film.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It is the visual imagery of the sheep, the wool being dyed, the rugs being made that take center stage.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

This poetic film affirms the knarled beauty of the natural world and the way stories give shape and meaning to life.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The conceit is sweet but the execution is meandering.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

This charmingly poetic film is a real surprise coming from Makhmalbaf, whose incendiary and controversial documentaries and features have been banned in his home country.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Has visual eloquence to spare, a rhythm that pulls you along and a sense of yearning not too often encountered in movies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The movie plays like a mix of documentary and dream; it's part of a cinematic experience that is quite new to Western movie audiences.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

This fairy tale film is a feast for hungry eyes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Poetic and evocative, but too short at 75 minutes to unroll enough of a story, this gentle film nonetheless revels in the colors and everyday wonders of life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Gabbeh

Loved it! A very compelling tale.
April 4, 2012
John Ballantine

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I have zero clue what happens in this, but I liked it somehow.
April 4, 2012
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