Nema-Ye Nazdik

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A printer's assistant tricks a family into believing that he is famous Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

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Critic Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2)

  • In Kiarostami's furiously clear view, religious dogma suppresses the eye's observations through the dictate of the word; his calmly unwavering images, with their wry humor and generous sympathy, have the force of a steadfast resistance.

    May 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.

    March 24, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs.

    April 11, 2002 | Rating: B
  • Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.

    March 13, 2002
  • Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion.

    September 25, 2001
  • The gauzy, overlapping layers of identity and performance that Kiarostami uncovered in Close-Up still tantalize.

    August 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)

  • Apr 10, 2017
    Blending fiction and reality in ways that make it a unique experience, Kiarostami creates a fascinating piece of fiction-documentary hybrid that reveals always more and more about its characters and Iranian society (including social issues) than we could imagine to be possible.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2013
    Close-up, just wow. An absolutely stunning film. This is a movie that questions fiction and reality. It's not fully a mockumentary, but is the best mockumentary in the scenes that qualify as one. It's a chilling movie, that's not only essential as far as how much of the small stuff it taught me on film, including some Iranian titles, but it makes a great statement about pretending and true identity. I've been left speechless by the movie, usually if I love a film this much I can ramble on about it, but this film speaks for itself. One of the greatest of the 90s, and a gem of middle eastern cinema. This is also the first new movie in 132 watches that I've given over 4 stars.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2013
    kiarostami's masterpiece, radical cinema. i went in not knowing much about it and i recommend that approach. 'i'm tired of being me'
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2013
    <i>Nema-ye Nazdik</i> is Kiarostami's highest peak of excellence and vision. Few times have the realms of reality and fiction been mixed so interestingly. The debate surrounding whether it is a documentary or not is irrelevant. First, we must reach a consensus on what is a "documentary" (the filming and representation of reality), and then, to personally stipulate our definition of "reality". This film tells a true story with the real people involved in it, but re-shot for artistic purposes, or basically, what Sabzian was saying on trial: in honor of the art. Kiarostami understood this fully and still, very intelligently, shown an unclear posture towards Sabzian's character while stating his love for films. It is Kieslowski's <i>Amator</i> but reversed, that is, suppose that Filip Mosz could never buy his precious camera... 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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