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Five [DVD]

Abbas Kiarostami    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bfi Video Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0012XIT2U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,254 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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FIVE
A film by Abbas Kiarostami

Five cannot fail to add to Abbas Kiarostami's reputation as one of the most consistently innovative and visually talented filmmakers in the world. This is a richly poetic, radically minimalist film, featuring five extended sequences: a piece of driftwood is tossed and broken by the waves; people stroll along the promenade; a group of dogs gather at the water's edge; ducks move noisily across the frame from one side to the other; and a pool of water is shot at night, with the sounds of a storm and frogs croaking breaking the stillness.

The sequences are considerably more than pretty pictures or documentary record carefully constructed and manipulated, with a soundtrack meticulously assembled as a symphony of natural noise, together they comprise an abstract narrative arc, which moves evocatively from solitude to community, motion to rest, and near silence to sound and song.

Ending on a note of rebirth and regeneration, Five's; choreographed action and inaction encourages and enables the viewer to engage with the film in an unusually active way. A sublimely beautiful response to the natural world, the film is profoundly contemplative and serene, giving audiences the opportunity to embrace a different and unusual but richly rewarding cinematic experience.

DVD Extras
The Making of Five (2005): Abbas Kiarostami's reflections on film and the making of Five (52 mins, Iranian language with English subtitles)

Iran | 2003 | colour | 74 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Five cannot fail to add to Abbas Kiarostami's reputation as one of the most consistently innnovative and visually talented filmmakers in the world. This is a richly poetic, radically minimalist film, featruing five extended sequences shot on hand-held camera along the shores of the Caspian Sea. The film is a sublimely beautiful response to the natural world profoundly contemplative and serene, giving audiences the opportunity to embrace a different cinematic experience. ...Five - Dedicated To Ozu ( Five (Dedicated To Ozu) ) ( 5 )

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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service, excellent quality 9 Oct 2011
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I have not issues with this at all. The DVD was delivered promptly and was in excellent condition. Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 1.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
1.0 out of 5 stars EITHER I DIDN'T GET KIAROSTAMI, OR KIAROSTAMI DIDN'T GET OZU 7 April 2014
By Cesar Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm watching Ozu in the middle of a personal research project about the way the "fleeting world" has left an imprint in Japanese visual arts, and particularly, cinema and cinematographic technique. It was natural to find this title, but right after I placed my order I had the chance to see it, and I changed my mind. I've come to understand why some people (maybe most people) can consider Ozu's films as slow or boring, but I've also realized they are really far from that. It's just that the stitches are so carefully crafted, that you cease watching "acting", "lighting", "editing", etc, and you start to see something dramatically "life-like" unfoolding before your eyes. There's no drama the way you see it in films, but drama the way it happens in your house, with your family, with your parents or your siblings, everytime something changes in our lives. And you don't have to be Japanese to get it.
Since People like Jarmusch seemed to get it when he did the segment of the young Japanese couple in "Mystery Train", I thought this homage from Kiarostami was in line with that "reading" of Ozu.
But I was wrong. I saw this film before my DVD arrived, and now I think Kiarostami simply didn't get Ozu and made a willingly boring film as an homage to the Japanese director, who never did a boring piece as far as his surviving films can testify.
If his intention was to mimic the "cushion" shots between scenes in Ozu's films, those shots worked in context, and only partially accounted for Ozu's style. And even Ozu didn't extend those shots more than it was necessary.
Although I tried to cancel my order, my DVD finally arrived, but I won't give it away, and I'll try to leave it close to Jarmusch's "Mystery Train", at least because it makes you wonder. I won't say this is a film you shouldn't watch, because that would be extremely unfair. But it's a Kiarostami film, and I don't think it adds anything to the way Ozu can be watched and enjoyed.
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