Yellow Asphalt (2002)
Yellow Asphalt (2002)
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The passions aroused by the discord between old and new cultures are set against the strange, stark beauty of the Mideast desert, so lovingly and perceptively filmed that you can almost taste the desiccated air.
The inhospitability of the land emphasizes the spare precision of the narratives and helps to give them an atavistic power, as if they were tales that had been handed down since the beginning of time.
Audience Reviews for Yellow Asphalt
Three separate stories about Bedouin culture. Living in the desert requires a certain hardness that is foreign to western sensibilities. The first story explores the value of a human life. Sadly, in a place where life is hard and death comes easily, the answer will surprise. The second delves into the relationship between a man and his wife and how all of the power in that relationship resides with the man. The wife is free to leave, but only if she leaves without her children, something she is unwilling to do. The third investigates the Bedouin code of honor. A man's loyalty to the tribe is tested and found wanting. He is then banished from the tribe for turning a blind eye to the waywardness of one of the women. In sum, this film provides a small window on a culture that is totally foreign to us. Hopefully, we come away with a clearer picture of how that society operates and the rules by which they live, even if it does little to engender sympathy or even understanding.
An educational type of foreign film concerning the relationships of the Bedouin tribes and their Israeli neighbors. Brilliantly acted, directed, and a good script in this one. It's a little boring though, so don't expect to be very entertained, aside from the third film, RED ROOFS, which I thought was the best and most powerful one out of the entire bunch. This is a movie to watch if you feel as if your life sucks, because trust me, it is a very cruel and f'd up world out there, at least this is what I was thinking about when the credits started rolling.
The last thing I want to add is that I found all three short films to be pretty engrossing, absorbing, and interesting, so I definitely recommend YELLOW ASPHALT to all of you, especially to the more 'mature' audience if you will.
Interesting Iranian film with some good acting all around.
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