Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)
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.
Audience Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)
While I understand the point as well as the various messages in the film, it takes a lot of patience and focus because it is a full dialogue film with nothing else except the changing of locations. While cultural diversity may have prevented me from grasping it to the fullest, I feel like it could have been done with more vigor. A deeply personal and meaningful film that is a good watch if you have the patience for it and know what to expect going in. If you are one that needs action and a fast moving story than this may not be the type of film for you.
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.
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