And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More) (1996)




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The thin distinction between fiction and reality comes in for some blurring in this fact-based near-documentary. Learning of a major earthquake, the director of a children's movie, Where Is My Friend's Home?, is worried about two of his performers in that film. He sets out with his son to interview the survivors and learn the fate of his two acquaintances. However, he hires locals to play himself and his son and hires local earthquake survivors to play other earthquake survivors. When his alter-egos discover the actors, they are two people who have been hired to impersonate the two men. Even though every story told by the filmmaker is accurate, as are the settings and scenes of devastation, everything is just one step away from reality. Even unsympathetic reviewers saw some saving grace in this self-conscious posturing, in that it is aware of itself; as one old man says: "They told me to say this was my house, but my real home was destroyed in the quake." In addition to coy games played with reality, the film is a moving testament to the will to survive and get on with life, as it shows refugees crowded into a tent to cheer a soccer game being shown on television. Director Abbas Kiarostami has explored the blurred line between fiction and reality before in his well-received film Close-Up, a true story about a man who was arrested for impersonating a movie director, featuring all the real-life participants in a slightly fictionalized re-telling of the events. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Documentary , Drama
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Critic Reviews for And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More)

All Critics (9)

Lambent and spacious meta-comedy

Full Review… | December 7, 2014

It's a film that denies even the most rudimentary of dramatic arcs: Nothing happens, and yet life erupts all around.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Parallax View

An amazing film that never fails to hold your interest.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If one thing is evident, it's that Kiarostami enjoys blurring the line between real life and fiction.

May 5, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

So natural are Kiarostami's non-professional actors, that the line between fiction and non-fiction is continually blurred.

Full Review… | December 14, 2002
Old School Reviews

The responsibility that Kiarostami feels toward truth combined with the genuine compassion that he displays toward his "characters" makes the film profoundly humanistic.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002

Audience Reviews for And Life Goes On (Zendegi va digar hich) (Life, and Nothing More)


absolutely brilliant next-level stuff, but don't watch it until you've seen 'where is the friend's home?' it's a crime that these aren't available on dvd in us

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