Baran (2002)



Critic Consensus: The lyrical Baran is a moving film, both for its love story and political underpinnings.

Movie Info

Young Latif works on a Tehran construction site with his fellow Iranians and a few illegal Afghan workers. When Latif is given heavier tasks to accommodate new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, though, Latif discovers Rahmat's secret -- he is a girl. Latif's heart softens to Rahmat and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. When government inspectors force all Afghans to be fired from the site, Lateef discovers he cannot bear to be without her. Jeopardizing social standing and endangering his own well being, Latif stops at nothing to save his love.
PG (for language and brief violence)
Art House & International , Drama
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Hossein Mahjoub
as Bric a Brac Trader
Abbas Rahimi
as Soltan
Jafar Tawakoli
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Baran

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23)

The film is remarkable for the naturalistic acting of its cast, particularly the tender performances of the two leads, Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.

December 20, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity.

December 13, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Baran

A beautiful love-story told through chilling rainstorms, rising steam, and harrowing self-sacrifice. Majidi uses the medium of cinema to tell you a love-poem. Rich and beautiful, even amidst the grit of its street fights, cement, and poverty.

Samira Ghazi
Samira Ghazi

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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