Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul (2008)
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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Critic Reviews for Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul
The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom.
Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Offside) conjures magic from an array of pastels, shimmering lights, and enigmatic ruins.
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.
Audience Reviews for Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul
Story: B+ Acting: C+ Direction: B+ Visuals: A Setting: A+ Score: A- Overall: B+ A beautiful movie! Bab'Aziz takes you on a trip into a different world filled with music, dancing, beautiful desert landscapes and mysticism.
Well done! An interesting film that breathes life into the complexities of Sufism and makes for a visually dazzling piece.
Khemir's picaresque tale of a blind dervish's hunt search for a gathering of Sufi musicians is as gorgeous as you might expect from an Iranian production. Your enjoyment will largely depend on whether or not you care for the music and how much patience you have for films that, like the lead character's journey, have clear goal, but no predetermined path to reach said climax. Many of the characters are Fellini-esqe, but considering that one of the screenwriters worked on at least one late entry in the maestro's filmography, this is no surprise. Some of the supporting cast is annoyingly eccentric, but the ones that matter have some humanity. They're not just costumed caricatures. If the description sounds at all appealing, I'd recommend seeing it- even if just for the photography and music.
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