Five: Dedicated to Ozu (2003)





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Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami pays homage to Yasujiro Ozu, the brilliant Japanese filmmaker whose spare but evocative style has been a major influence on Kiarostami's work, with this non-narrative visual experiment. Five features five extended single-shot sequences shot along a seashore, in which Kiarostami, through framing and subtle camera movement, finds different moods and feelings in each shot, lending them a personal and distinctive touch. Shot on digital video, Five was screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival shortly before opening in French theaters in the spring of that year. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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All Critics (3)

The loose boundary between truth & fiction... is equally, if differently, present in Five, where lengthy snapshots of nature that seem to have been taken with no directorial intervention are in fact the product of careful contrivance.

Full Review… | July 4, 2016
Projected Figures

I wouldn't want Kiarostami to abandon narrative filmmaking forever, but I can think of far worse things to stick in your brain than five contemplative shots of nature.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Paste Magazine

If one looks carefully enough, one can pick up little "stories" in the images, and there's a relaxing, meditative quality that also comes of Ozu's images.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

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