Crimson Gold (2004)
as The Bride
as The Jeweller
as The Man in the Tea House
as The Rich Man
as The Seller
as The Soldier
Critic Reviews for Crimson Gold
I'm glad I saw Crimson Gold. Watching it is like getting a peek behind the curtain.
Panahi's movie, unsurprisingly, has been outlawed in Iran. Nobody likes a prophet.
The movie can feel slow and tedious, but the supper it makes us work for is nourishing.
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.
A film both shocking and humane, as if Taxi Driver were somehow rewritten by Chekhov.
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.
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.
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.
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