A brilliant exploration of the power of movies, Close-Up reconstructs the true story of a cinephile's attempt to become a filmmaker he admires. Hossein Sabzian introduces himself as celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and, under the pretext of working on a film project, enters the private life of a well-to-do Teheran family and eventually faces fraud charges.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi, Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni, Hossain Farazmand, Hooshang Shamaei, Mohammad Ali Barrati, Davood Goodarzi, Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi
In spite of very favorable reviews from the media I failed to see any greatness in this movie. I do appreciate so called 'art movies', but in this case I did in fact fall asleep half way through watching; I continued next day to see the complete film. The story seemed interesting enough but as cinema it was heavy going and lacked a compelling dramatic narrative. The movie is overall very much of 'the camera'. The film however does provide some insight into areas of Iranian society (at the time the film was made) especially what appeared to be a rather casual but benign justice system for minor offences.