Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik)

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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 (16) | Top Critics (5)

  • 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.

    Mar 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.

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

    Mar 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.

    Sep 25, 2001
  • Does Close-Up reveal the truth? I'd prefer to say it reveals the beauty of distortion.

    Sep 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | 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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