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Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul (2008)

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Critic Consensus: This visually stunning interior epic inspired by Sufi mysticism explores the magic of storytelling but, like its desert locations, can be a bit dry.

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A blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own--including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs.

Cast

Hossein Panahi
as Red Dervish
Morteza Zare
as Ramadan
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Critic Reviews for Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is neither engaging nor enlightening.

September 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A lovely if meandering fantasia about the power of narrative.

June 19, 2008 | Full Review…

Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Offside) conjures magic from an array of pastels, shimmering lights, and enigmatic ruins.

May 30, 2008 | Full Review…

The movie never gains much narrative momentum and the religious elements remain a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but the fine Sufi music and skillfully crafted images make for pleasant-enough viewing.

May 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Perhaps inevitably, the story and characters in Bab'Aziz never rival the interest of its photography.

April 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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