Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)
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.
Audience Reviews for Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)
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.
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