Close-up

Close-up

DVD - 2010 | Persian
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Close-Up is the true story of Hossain Sabzian, a poor, underemployed, divorced, father of two. He is obsessed with the cinema. In 1989, Sabzian convinced the Ahankhah family that he was Iranian filmmaker Moshen Makhmalbaf (The Silence) and that he would cast them in his next film. Eventually, the family caught on to the ruse and contacted the authorities, leading to Sabzian's arrest. A journalist wrote a column about the incident that Kiarostami read. The director quickly put together a crew and set about to film the trial as well as restage previous events, but with a twist: Sabzian, the Ahankhahs, and the others involved played themselves. Thus, the film is an amalgamation of documentary and drama that questions the very nature and purpose of film, forces audiences to contemplate the basic experience of moviegoing, and in the process redefined how Iranian cinema saw itself.

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greglibrary Jun 11, 2015

The cadence [dialogue] is deliberately lifelike without the preconceived notion of a 'Hollywood', cleverly-nuanced-scripted with the predictable outcome. The 'trial' is especially interesting as the accused defines the character shortcomings he's struggling with to separate ideal from the real. A very well acted portrayal of 'confidence'. Are American judges and plaintiffs that understanding and fair...and this Iran?

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 03, 2014

In general I am a fan of Iranian cinema. However, this one is slow and very uneventful. I was not fully engaged and wound up skipping parts of it. The low video quality didn't help either.

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geomillar
Dec 09, 2010

Just because I loved "Close Up" doesn't say . . . Strange how Iranian films end leaving us wondering. Half way through the film I declared it was tedious but something held me. There was an honesty, a true story and a suffering man who had profound and poetic reasons for his petty fraud. Three quarters way through the film I had to see it through. Hence, the 5 stars. Did I warn you that the filming is poor and the sound pathetic? And did I tell you that in the end . . .

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tlyles
Aug 19, 2009

Great flick. Fascinating look at Iranian film.

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