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.
June 22, 2003
Filled with honest performances and exceptional detail, Baran is a gentle film with dramatic punch, a haunting ode to humanity.
March 30, 2003
a wonderfully warm human drama that remains vividly in memory long after viewing
December 20, 2002
It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.
December 19, 2002
The faces of its inarticulate characters tell the story, and Majidi has put some amazing faces on the screen.
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.
November 1, 2002
The film's sharp, often mischievous sense of humor will catch some off guard...
October 24, 2002
This rather superficial arthouse middle-brow film knows how to please a crowd, and that's about all it does well.
September 6, 2002
Baran isn't the most transporting or gripping film from Iran -- or, indeed, by its director -- but it's a worthy companion to the many fine, focused films emerging from that most surprising of nations.
September 5, 2002
Juxtaposes a vibrant, modern Iran against the harsh existence of its refugees for a film that is both political and powerfully personal.
August 9, 2002
[Majidi] makes us think twice about immigrants we see around us every day.
August 5, 2002
Offers viewers an honest portrayal of the realistic dilemmas confronting its characters and of the inspiring ways by which they learn to overcome them.
July 29, 2002
The universal theme of becoming a better person through love has never been filmed more irresistibly than in 'Baran.'
July 20, 2002
A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in.