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The lyrical Baran is a moving film, both for its love story and political underpinnings. Read critic reviews

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"Baran" is the story of Afghan refugees told through the eyes of an Iranian teenage boy named Lateef. His devotion to a person he barely knows leads him to the choice that will change his life forever. Academy Award nominated director Majid Majidi ("Children of Heaven"; "Color of Paradise") delivers a heartbreaking story of unrequited love.

Cast & Crew

Zahra Bahrami
Rahmat & Baran
Mohammad Reza Naji
Memar
Fouad Nahas
Producer
Mohammad Davudi
Cinematographer
Ahmad Pezhman
Original Music
Yadollah Najafi
Sound Recordist
Behzad Kazzazi
Art Direction
Mohsen Mossavi
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Critic Reviews for Baran

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Audience Reviews for Baran

  • May 01, 2011
    It was a very interesting look at life in Iran. Little more can be said for it. The premise was rather obsurd. After hating the person who took his job, he finds out it is a woman and suddenly gives up everything for her. All this without ever saying anything to her. She of course, has no interest. The acting wasn't particularly good. The pace was okay, but nothing special to hold a person's interest.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    Baran" is a simple, human, beautiful, touching, wonderful story. Exposing the situation of the Afghans refugees in Iran, after the Sovjet invasion, their civil war and the Taliban regime, this film also gives a lesson of humanity, sympathy and generosity. The actors and actresses have very realistic performances, showing an excellent direction and the character Baran does not speak any word along the story, using only her facial expression to disclose her inner feelings. And the sacrifice of Lateef to please the family of "Baran" shows a pure and platonic love. BARAN is another excellent film that qualifies as one more of the finest Iranian dramas. Off course from Majid Majidi. Who else?
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2008
    Here's an interesting movie by Majid Majidi. The story plot centralizes around young Lateef, a seventeen year old, who one day meets an Afghan worker named Rahmat. Rahmat takes the place of his father at a construction site in the city, and for a while Lateef treats him cruelly. Until one day, he realizes that Rahmat is truly Baran. He begins to fall in love with her. Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami stars. Worth seeing!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2007
    Wonderful and absolutely fantastic. Majid Majidi's work is a new humanist. 84/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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