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Abbas Kiarostami

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About the Movie

Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event--the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf--as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs. – Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless. – Keith Uhlich, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

An inside look at Iran through the eyes of a “criminal"

Close-Up was the first Iranian film I had ever seen, and wow, what a movie. Half documentary and half dramatic (with the real-life people playing themselves), this is the story of a man who presents himself as a world-renown director, even convincing a family that their home is going to be the featured location in his next movie. But his purpose in pretending to be someone he wants has less to do with his own ambitions or any criminal intent. This is a fascinating look inside Iran, and especially inside its justice system. The judge is a particularly memorable personality and remarkably fair in his final judgment. I cannot recommend this film highly enough, especially for anyone interested in Iran, its judicial courts and its film industry.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 1990

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