Baran Reviews

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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.
December 20, 2002
It stays with you in fleeting images of gazing faces, muddy footprints, small fires lit against the chill.
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.
August 9, 2002
July 20, 2002
A mix of gritty realism, crisp storytelling and radiant compassion that effortlessly draws you in.
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 21, 2002
The tale is simply but effectively told.
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.
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.
December 7, 2001
Majidi tells his simple story with dazzling vision.
December 7, 2001
Majidi's poetic love story is a ravishing consciousness-raiser, if a bit draggy at times.
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.
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