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Gabbeh (1997)




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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 on a white horse; suddenly, the woman on the tapestry seems to come to life -- her name too is Gabbeh, and the blue dress she wears is identical to the one worn by the old wife. She proceeds to tell her tragic story: it seems that despite her love for a mysterious stranger on horseback who follows her nomadic family wherever they travel, Gabbeh's father refuses to allow her to marry until a series of stipulations have first been met. Makhmalbaf frames his episodic tale with interludes on the colors of nature.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 20, 2005
MK2 Productions


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Critic Reviews for Gabbeh

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

A work of shimmering beauty.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Visually enchanting.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Movies such as this work like meditation or music, to nudge us toward the important.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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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
Top Critic

Like its subject, Gabbeh is woven with art.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Gabbeh


Loved it! A very compelling tale.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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

Brandon Klaus

Super Reviewer

Now here we see a movie that could be seen as borderline miraculous. Any time somebody makes a movie in Iran that thinly veils any statement about women other than that they should be stoned to death for wearing bright colors, and doesn't end up decapitated themselves, it is noteworthy. But I exaggerate slightly. It's like if Ingmar Bergman took a huge hit of acid and made a movie about rugs. One of the prettiest movies out there with all the color, and enough of a love story to avoid being too far "out there".

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