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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.
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