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Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower)

Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower) (1999)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 3

Probing the nature of truth and memory with tenderness and humor, A Moment of Innocence serves as a breathtaking high point in Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's filmography.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

Probing the nature of truth and memory with tenderness and humor, A Moment of Innocence serves as a breathtaking high point in Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's filmography.

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History and truth are often a matter of perspective as can be seen in this deceptively simple and wry Iranian-French comedy that begins as an aging police officer enters the Tehran home of real-life filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (who also wrote the screenplay and edited the film). The cop has come to call on an old debt and have Makhmalbaf put him in a film as the director promised many years ago. Inspired by the visit, Makhmalbaf decides to make a film about the events that led to his promise to

Jul 26, 2005

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It is rare when a single image can sum up the emotional core of an entire movie, but the final freeze-frame of A Moment of Innocence is so moving in its completeness, it reminds us with jarring simplicity that we are in the hands of a genuine artist.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Though its methods lie somewhere between Pirandello and Rashomon, A Moment Of Innocence adds a personal dimension that's uniquely its own, as Makhmalbaf's investigation into the past evolves into a touching act of contrition.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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What emerges is a consideration of the relativity of truth and memory.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Too smug and too self-indulgent.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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This is one of the best features of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This comedy of mixed motives and recently freshened memories becomes increasingly passionate.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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For Makhmalbaf, the film comes to represent a re-examination of his own idealism, and the possibility of further social change as a whole new generation of Iranian youth comes of age.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Touching, funny, and totally original.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Superbly controlled and stylishly self-reflexive, this is also genuinely intriguing.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A Moment of Innocence may be slow, but it's steady, moving as gently and inexorably toward its surprising conclusion as the snow that falls endlessly over its cold, damp, befuddled characters.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Cinema can restage the past, but can it absolve it?

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

It's a wry comedy and a warm human interest story from Iran.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Discarding his violent past, [Makhmalbaf presents a] 1974 event as something unthinkable to a younger generation and arrives at a truly poetic, thoroughly optimistic conclusion.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

There are moments here that are phenomenal.

September 4, 2005 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Resonates heavy with the Proustian understanding of how memories only amplify and enrich with time.

August 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There are also a handful of dialogue-heavy scenes that go on far too long and which have little impact on the "storyline."

November 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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