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Baran Reviews

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2010
The film is remarkable for the naturalistic acting of its cast, particularly the tender performances of the two leads, Hossein Abedini and Zahra Bahrami.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
December 20, 2002
It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 13, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
More timely than its director could ever have dreamed, this quietly lyrical tale probes the ambiguous welcome extended by Iran to the Afghani refugees who streamed across its borders, desperate for work and food.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2002
At the right time of day, in the right frame of mind, Baran can and should be appreciated as a work of delicate and unmistakable beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 18, 2002
Majidi is an unconventional storyteller, capable of finding beauty in the most depressing places.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 21, 2002
The tale is simply but effectively told.
| Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2002
Matches neorealism's impact by showing the humanity of a war-torn land filled with people who just want to live their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 10, 2002
It's the saddest story of love in a long while, yet liberating in the way it instils a sense of oneness with all humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2002
The film is saved from aren't-kids-cute sentimentality by a warmth that isn't faked and a stately sense of composition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2002
Though the pathos of this fable-like love story feels overcalculated, Majidi succeeds in playing the classical Dickensian balance, with the sentimental hook justified by the social sweep of the narrative.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2002
Baran is the latest in a flowering of good films from Iran, and gives voice to the moderates there. It shows people existing and growing in the cracks of their society's inflexible walls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes apart, sometimes together.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Further solidifies [Majidi's] growing reputation as one of the cinema's most gifted humanist filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
Majidi's portrait of southwest Asian poverty is bloodless and fastidiously arranged, his regard for his thin characters negligible.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 7, 2001
Majidi tells his simple story with dazzling vision.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 7, 2001
Majidi's poetic love story is a ravishing consciousness-raiser, if a bit draggy at times.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 7, 2001
A far more impressive and affecting piece of filmmaking and storytelling than most movies put out by Hollywood this year, and offers, as a bonus, a glimpse into a fascinating, contradictory society.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2001
Brings an irresistible blend of warmth and humor and a consistent embracing humanity in the face of life's harshness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 10, 2001
Plunges you into a reality that is, more often then not, difficult and sad, and then, without sentimentalizing it or denying its brutality, transforms that reality into a lyrical and celebratory vision.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 10, 2001
It shows us a slice of life that's very different from our own and yet instantly recognizable.