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The White Balloon (Badkonake sefid) Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
By putting itself in sync with the rhythms of everyday life, it offers a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
We need to fall in love with Razieh to see the film properly, and we do.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Panahi has much the same kind of talent, a concern to make his film a kind of home for its characters, but he has not yet found [Kiarostami's] secret, how to find and hold the still point of the turning world.
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Andy Spletzer
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Raziah takes everything at face value, forcing us to look again at people and situations we would immediately judge as good or bad -- reason enough to see this film.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Panahi brings film back to its elemental magic.
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Keith Simanton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
There are LONG stretches of... well, real time.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Those with the patience to sit through all eighty-five minutes will uncover a sublime, unconventionally engrossing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4