Crimson Gold

2003, Drama, 1h 35m

83 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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A slow-burning, riveting film about Iranian class differences. Read critic reviews

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Pizza man Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin) is a daily witnesses to the unjust distribution of wealth in his native Iran. One day, he finds a purse filled with shockingly expensive receipts from an upscale jewelry store. He attempts to bring the purse back to the store, but because of his working class attire he's not allowed inside. Then, during a delivery, a rich man (Pourang Nakhael) invites Hussein into his extravagant mansion -- an event that spurs Hussein to make a desperate bid for wealth.

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Audience Reviews for Crimson Gold

  • Jun 25, 2013
    Kiarostami is not behind the camera here but Jafar Panahi who was the recent subject of This is Not a Film delivers well here. I appreciate this more for the little tidbits that Panahi provides during This is Not a Film with its unexpected directors' commentary. It's raw and real.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2012
    A real measured and poetic presentation of class and pride in Iranian society and in just human existence in itself. The film is about a pizza delivery man who attempts to rob a jewellery store. Abbas Kiarostami wrote the script for this film, supposedly after meeting with Quintin Tarantino and you can tell in its non-linear narrative. The film starts with the robbery and him killing himself, then the rest of the film is the build up. This non-linear narrative with the neo-realist style of Iranian new wave does create something void of tension but full of exploration.
    Hassan V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2011
    slow paced but ultimately satisfying
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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