Gabbeh (1997)


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Gabbeh is a carpet produced by nomads of southern Iran, it's also the name of the main character of the story. Gabbeh longs to marry a man whom she sees following their nomadic village on horseback, but her father will not allow her to marry until several stipulations are met.

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Critic Reviews for Gabbeh

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

A work of shimmering beauty.

Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Visually enchanting.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Movies such as this work like meditation or music, to nudge us toward the important.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is hardly a composition in the film that couldn't be extracted and framed.

Jan 1, 2000

Like its subject, Gabbeh is woven with art.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 13, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gabbeh


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I have zero clue what happens in this, but I liked it somehow.

Brandon Klaus
Brandon Klaus

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Loved it! A very compelling tale.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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