The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
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This idiosyncratic drama from Iran begins as a jeep winds through the hills of Kurdistan, containing an engineer (Behzad Dourani) and his two assistants (whom we never see) as they search for a small village in the mountains. When they arrive, they are greeted by a young boy, who shows them a place they can stay and guides the engineer to the home of an old woman (also never seen) who seems to be dying. No one is sure what the engineer and his men are doing there; some locals think he's keeping
Jul 28, 2000 Limited
Sep 17, 2002
New Yorker Films
Kiarostami could have just made a documentary, and it would have been fascinating. But his narrative is a way of humbly questioning his own ethics and methods.
In nothing else do all of [Kiarostami's] concerns come together in such a satisfying, complete whole.
If you're the sort of person who just adores extremely slow-moving foreign films with a dearth of actual plot, go for it, but the rest of you have been warned.
I remain a devoté of Kiarostami's style, but Wind feels more arid and extended than most of his pictures.
By leaving gaps in the story, and allowing us to fill them in, Kiarostami gives new life to the art form, but more importantly, he becomes the vortex for the stories we tell.
Abbas Kiarostami's films have a knack for taking us away to a clearer, more vivid place, allowing us to breathe for what seems like the first time in years. He has done that once again, and better than ever before, with his newest film.
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