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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.
The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.
Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs.
Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.
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.
Does Close-Up reveal the truth? I'd prefer to say it reveals the beauty of distortion.
...not quite close enough.
Kiarostamis blending of fiction and nonfiction techniques produces a film that can be peeled back layer by layer, revealing something new at each level.
... a brilliant mix of contrivance, intimacy, distance, and dramatic closure peered into like a voyeur...
Compelling and utterly fascinating, but be warned: This is a rough-edged film that constantly shoves the viewer's face into the fact that it is a film.
That it remains difficult to classify Kiarostami solely as either a great director or a great journalist at the film's end only enhances the film's power.
Close Up is still the definitive film-on-film commentary.
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.
kiarostami's masterpiece, radical cinema. i went in not knowing much about it and i recommend that approach. 'i'm tired of being me'
Had it not attempted to be so "artistic", and instead used cinematic liberties for better dramatization (again, with an entertaining instead of artistic approach) of this real life episode, I'd have enjoyed it far more than I did. Worth a shot in crisis.
I think my cool reaction to Close-Up is an issue of cultural division. Where many Iranian viewers find considerable merit in this, I thought it was interesting, but staid and ugly and painfully dull. I prefer Certified Copy, which explores many of the same themes in much more vibrant ways, in every respect.
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