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Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1999)




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This Iranian film qualifies as a docudrama, and makes some telling comments on society as it tells its tale. In the story, Ali Sabzian, in a fit of whimsey, claims to a fellow passenger on the bus that he is the famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. So far, so good, but he then becomes involved with his fellow passenger and her family, claiming that he has cast the family's son in a major role and that the setting he intends to use is their home. At some point this tale comes unravelled, and the family takes him to court. A well-meaning judge persuades the family to drop the charges against this unemployed man. Ironically, while Ali is on trial, the maker of this current film (Abbas Kiarostami) decides to film the procedings, and also stages a reconstruction of the events leading up to the trial, using all the actual participants, but has the restaged trial end less happily. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

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…
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
Dallas Morning News
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Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.

March 13, 2002
Village Voice
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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
New York Times
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Does Close-Up reveal the truth? I'd prefer to say it reveals the beauty of distortion.

September 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

...not quite close enough.

July 23, 2010 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

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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.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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