Taste of Cherry (1997) A philosophical tale of a man so tired of life that he wants to commit suicide. Cruising the outskirts of Tehran, Mr. Badii (Homayon Ershadi) unsuccessfully searches for an accomplice who is willing to bury him after his death, until he finally strikes a bargain with a museum guard. But before the guard agrees to do the deed, he wants to know why Mr. Badii wants so desperately to die and dispense with the joys of nature, such as the taste of cherries. Internationally celebrated as one of the most important directors at work today, Kiarostami's road movie is a tale of self-discovery and an unexpected affirmation of the very things that make life worth living.
10 on Ten (2004) Feature is an extraordinary cinema masterclass that proffers ten fascinating lessons on filmmaking by one of the world's most influential directors. With a single camera fixed inside a car, Kiraostami drives across the hills surrounding Tehran - the setting for 'Taste of Cherry' - and imparts a series of fascinating insights into his method of filmmaking including scripting, casting, and the tremendous liberating impact of digital photography. Illustrated with clips from 'Taste of Cherry', 'ABC Africa' and 'Ten', '10 on Ten' takes the viewer on an illuminating and inspirational journey to the heart of the creative process.
Death is a lonely hunter.
- Taste of Cherry / 10 on Ten review by CH
There is a rift between those who claim this film to be the sublime pinnacle of Iranian Abbas Kiarostami's film making and those who wait in vain for the slow burn plot to weave meaningful threads or at least hint at cathartic redemption. Mr Badii cruises the streets of Tehran like a punter in search of young unemployed men. He interrogates them with a confident yet unsettling intensity and is initially vague about the nature of his proposed employment opportunity for these young men. One boy unnerved by his persistence threatens violence and a doe eyed young soldier takes fright at the bizzare requests, as they drive across a wasteland on the periphery of the city he jumps out and flees. Badiis quest for death becomes almost banal as one after the other finds a reason not to assist him in his search for an accomplice.
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