Baran Reviews

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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.
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.
July 18, 2002
Majidi is an unconventional storyteller, capable of finding beauty in the most depressing places.
June 28, 2002
The film has real grace, and it delivers the plight of Afghan women as well as any report filed from the war.
June 21, 2002
The tale is simply but effectively told.
June 21, 2002
Captivates and shows how a skillful filmmaker can impart a message without bludgeoning the audience over the head.
June 21, 2002
Lovely and poignant. Puts a human face on a land most Westerners are unfamiliar with.
June 21, 2002
A tale of unrequited love and a young woman's courage to make a place for herself in a man's world, but this is much more than just 'Yentl' goes to the Middle East.
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.
June 15, 2002
May 11, 2002
The film tells a touching, romantic story, but the underpinnings of Baran -- Rain -- are mostly political and mostly heart-breaking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2002
Heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes apart, sometimes together.
May 3, 2002
Further solidifies [Majidi's] growing reputation as one of the cinema's most gifted humanist filmmakers.
April 30, 2002
Majidi's portrait of southwest Asian poverty is bloodless and fastidiously arranged, his regard for his thin characters negligible.
February 17, 2002
A high-minded snoozer.
February 4, 2002
A well-crafted letdown.
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