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A work of shimmering beauty.
Movies such as this work like meditation or music, to nudge us toward the important.
There is hardly a composition in the film that couldn't be extracted and framed.
Like its subject, Gabbeh is woven with art.
Makhmalbaf attempts to follow the carpet idea by making his film dreamily romantic and non-realistic. Events seem to leap around in time and space, much like a dream.
Makhmalbaf weaves together different threads into an unusual and intriguing film.
It is the visual imagery of the sheep, the wool being dyed, the rugs being made that take center stage.
This poetic film affirms the knarled beauty of the natural world and the way stories give shape and meaning to life.
The conceit is sweet but the execution is meandering.
Poetic and evocative, but too short at 75 minutes to unroll enough of a story, this gentle film nonetheless revels in the colors and everyday wonders of life.
It is an absorbing film, much like a surreal visual poem that couldn't be more cinematic in the way it is told, sustained exclusively on its editing (and the endless possibilities that it offers to a story like this, including beautiful match cuts) and a dazzling use of colors.
I have zero clue what happens in this, but I liked it somehow.
Loved it! A very compelling tale.
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