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A spellbinding and funny exploration of cinema and life,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Moment Of Innocence [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
As a militant anti-Shah revolutionary teenager, Makhmalbaf attempted to steal a gun from a policeman. Nothing went as planned - the policeman resisted and was stabbed, while Makhmalbaf was shot, imprisoned and tortured. Years later, and now a renowned filmmaker, he sets about recreating the incident, prompted by the arrival of the former policeman at his door looking to become a film star. What is most remarkable about this film is the light, almost magical touch throughout - we watch as the story is effectively conjured out of thin air in front of our eyes. Much could be said and written (and no doubt will be) about how the movie opposes youth and maturity, or film and reality, but there is nothing ponderous about the way this happens on screen - we are led to appreciate, in its final seconds, how a film about an apparently violent and squalid incident over 25 years ago fully justifies its English title.