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The Wind Will Carry Us [1999] [DVD]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2011
I like cinema that takes it's time and doesnt feel in a rush to get the story told or pummel us with action. Kiarostami's films are generally quiet, slow, contemplative meditations. In The Wind Will Carry Us, not much happens except life's movement and the passing of time. This might not be to everyones taste. And i don't think it's a completely perfect film, it's a little repetitive in the scenes of the protagonists driving up a little hill to get good reception for his phone, but this director is one of the few good ones left. He uses long takes, a withdrawn mobile camera, open spaces, and natural sunlight. There is also no clichés, no melodrama, and no music either. Its two hours long but time flies by and the screen mesmerises like you are dreaming. We travel like in dream if we can relax and allow it to take us.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2009
Great little film if you are interested in seeing the lives of others.
Odd that the reason for the "engineers" visit was never revealed but the "fly on the wall" feeling of what a real village is like was not to be missed.I enjoyed the film even though I was perplexed at the lack of a denouement.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2009
A masterpiece of World Cinema!
Abbas Kiarostami might be an ethical philosopher in this film
but at the same time he manages to take his authorial genious
as a director to an extremely accomplished level.

A journalist visits a harsh rural village where he awaits for the
death of an old lady in order to document a special burial custom.
He cannot communicate with his editor and as he wonders around
accompanied by a young child, the land and its people teach him
valuable lessons about life...

A perfect example of the New Iranian Cinema movement.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2009
I won't bother reviewing this actual film, but for potential buyers, the new Artificial Eye DVD is a two disc DVD that includes two lengthy documentaries on Kiarostami and the film on the second disc. By all means a surprise, essential purchase.
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on 9 August 2014
A spellbinding film. The setting of a Kurdish village is wonderful to experience. Poetic. Touching. Thought Provoking. Beautifully Assured Film Making. A very relaxing film. Kiarostami is a kind of magician. I suspect that viewers will find multiple interpretations in this story. Life Affirming!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating account of life Kurdistan. Irony and humour mixed together in a series of handsomely framed shots. Always watchable and intriguing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2012
This is a very sweet film set in the part of Kurdistan occupied by Iran.

There is no plot, it is a snippet of village life in Kurdistan, lovely people, lovely scenery.

I guess it is what is called a road movie.

I enjoyed it and I will watch it again.

For people interested in other films set in Kurdistan I recommend
Half Moon [DVD]
and
Turtles Can Fly [2005] [DVD]
Turtles can Fly is a hard hitting powerful film, Half Moon is gentler.
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on 3 March 2015
Very pleased with purchase. As described. Many thanks
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
It reminded me of an Iranian version of "Local Hero" - It is one of the most naturally beautiful films I have ever seen - Flawless -
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