The Wind Will Carry Us (2014)


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This idiosyncratic drama from Iran begins as a jeep winds through the hills of Kurdistan, containing an engineer (Behzad Dourani) and his two assistants (whom we never see) as they search for a small village in the mountains. When they arrive, they are greeted by a young boy, who shows them a place they can stay and guides the engineer to the home of an old woman (also never seen) who seems to be dying. No one is sure what the engineer and his men are doing there; some locals think he's keeping watch of the old woman and wants to purchase her land when she dies, while others think he could be an archeologist searching for rare artifacts. Meanwhile, the engineer spends his days exploring the village and the people who live there -- most of them women, with the men away at jobs that occupy them night and day for several months out of the year. He also stays in touch with the boy, who watches over the old woman's health while keeping up with his schoolwork, working on his family's farm, and helping his mother with the household chores. Meanwhile, the engineer periodically gets calls on his cellular phone, which require him to drive to a graveyard on a hill to receive the call (most, however, are wrong numbers), while making contact with a man digging a deep hole (also unseen) and a girl in the village who milk's cows which are kept in a dark basement. Concentrating on what we don't see as often as what we do, Le Vent Nous Emportera bears the distinctive stamp of director Abbas Kiarostami and was embraced by critics in its screening at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Wind Will Carry Us

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Kiarostami films the encounters and the landscapes with a patient, painterly tenderness, but his modest methods conceal vast political goals.

Jan 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a deeply, patiently observational film, and the details Kiarostami emphasizes ... seem somehow profound in their banality, a mystery of ineffable beauty.

May 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Magical realism without the magic. Wonderment comes from rural people (and goats, chicken, and cattle) being themselves--caught in the moment by a director with an affinity for ordinary people.

May 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Kiarostami could have just made a documentary, and it would have been fascinating. But his narrative is a way of humbly questioning his own ethics and methods.

May 18, 2010 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

In nothing else do all of [Kiarostami's] concerns come together in such a satisfying, complete whole.

Dec 22, 2008 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

One of the 90s' great films.

Jul 29, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for The Wind Will Carry Us

The film is light, funny and very amusing in the way it shows the prosaic everyday life of common people as witnessed by an idle and increasingly impatient man visiting a Kurdish little village in Iran, even if the poignant result ranks among one of Kiarostami's minor works.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Another great Kiarostami visual that is brought all the more home by the wonderful glimpse of a funeeral in rural Iran. Another masterpiece from a master.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Kiarostami, prova mais uma vez o seu grande talento num dos maiores cinemas do mundo: o cinema do Ira.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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