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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- 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.
Fresh: Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.
Fresh: Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs.
Fresh: The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.