A Moment of Innocence (1999)
Critic Consensus: Probing the nature of truth and memory with tenderness and humor, A Moment of Innocence serves as a breathtaking high point in Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's filmography.
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Critic Reviews for A Moment of Innocence
It is rare when a single image can sum up the emotional core of an entire movie, but the final freeze-frame of A Moment of Innocence is so moving in its completeness, it reminds us with jarring simplicity that we are in the hands of a genuine artist.
Though its methods lie somewhere between Pirandello and Rashomon, A Moment Of Innocence adds a personal dimension that's uniquely its own, as Makhmalbaf's investigation into the past evolves into a touching act of contrition.
This is one of the best features of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Audience Reviews for A Moment of Innocence
Like Close-Up, this recreates a scene from Makhmalbaf's life, and it's even more brilliant in its execution. What results is a deceptively simple treatise on memory, regret, truth, perception, idealism, filmmaking and politics. There are some truly astonishing surprises in the story and in the telling of the story. Most startling and moving of all is the freeze-frame ending, a rewriting of history as desired by the actors themselves. And it's done with a light touch, often delightfully comic.
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