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Crimson Gold (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A slow-burning, riveting film about Iranian class differences.

Movie Info

This film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi opens with a dramatic jewelry store robbery. After shooting the store owner, the robber, Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin), turns the gun on himself. The remainder of the film backtracks to trace the events leading up to his death. Before concocting their robbery plan, Hussein and his friend Ali (Kamyar Sheisi) are pizza delivery men. Hussein is also planning to get married, but the disdain he receives from his wealthy customers, combined with the snobbery he encounters at the jewelry store when he tries to buy a ring for his fiancée, begin to weigh on him, driving an essentially decent man further and further to desperation.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Azita Rayeji
as The Bride
Shahram Vaziri
as The Jeweller
Ehsan Amani
as The Man in the Tea House
Pourang Nakhayi
as The Rich Man
Kaveh Najmabadi
as The Seller
Saber Safael
as The Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Crimson Gold

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (27)

I'm glad I saw Crimson Gold. Watching it is like getting a peek behind the curtain.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Panahi's movie, unsurprisingly, has been outlawed in Iran. Nobody likes a prophet.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

The movie can feel slow and tedious, but the supper it makes us work for is nourishing.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's every bit as outwardly unruffled as its hero, but inwardly it seethes with the very same gradually accumulated rage. A devastating and beautiful film.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A film both shocking and humane, as if Taxi Driver were somehow rewritten by Chekhov.

May 28, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's the singular presence of Hussein Emadeddin -- a nonprofessional like all the other actors Panahi has used in his films -- that gives the film much of its soul and mystery.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crimson Gold

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

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 Vawda
Hassan Vawda

Super Reviewer

This film is a piece of art. It is honest and moving and beautiful and terrible. Jafar is a genius behind the camera, the pace, the lighting, everything about this film is perfect. I wish there were more stars I could give it. See it, learn something about a culture, about the world, about film.

Louis Falcetti
Louis Falcetti

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