A few people arrive from Tehran for a short stay at Siah Dareh, a village in Iranian Kurdistan. The locals do not know why they are there. The strangers wander around the former cemetery and let the villagers think that they are looking for treasure. They end up leaving without really giving the impression that they have found what they were looking for.
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 He uses long takes, a withdrawn mobile camera, open spaces, and natural sunlight.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.
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.
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.
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.