Taste of Cherry (Criterion Collection)

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Taste of Cherry (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 27, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Rare Interview with Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami
  • Kiarostami Feature Filmography

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Cannes 1997 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 04/30/1999
"...[To some TASTE OF CHERRY] will seem a meditative masterpiece..." -- Rating: B
USA Today - 05/01/1998
"...[A] sensual dissertation..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Film Comment - 07/01/1997
"...Simple and profound....Thoughtful..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/30/1997
"...A gorgeous work..."
Premiere - 04/01/1998
"...[A] deeply humanistic portrait..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/27/1998
"...[A] soaring parable....There's a strong elliptical quality to Kiarostami's style, which underlies the filmmaker's ability to maintain focus with considerable emotional force and depth with great precision..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2005
"[The] simple premise and sparse form reveal a deeply poignant picture of a middle-aged man confronting an intense ethical dilemma."

Product Description:

Emerging out of an Iranian cinema renaissance, TASTE OF CHERRY is seen by many as its crowning achievement. The story of somber yet intense Mr. Badii and his journey through Tehran, the film emerges as a sort of spiritual road movie. Intent on finding an aid for his planned suicide, Badii encounters citizens from every walk of life; a trash collector, a soldier, and a seminarian, all of whom refuse to help him, either out of a sense of religion or personal morality. Seen from the car, the dusty landscape and sumptuous golden dusk light of Tehran play a central role in the film, penetrating every scene. Finally a jocular taxidermist agrees to help, all the while trying to sell Badii on the quotidian joys of nature and everyday life. The meandering pace of the film gently unfurls in a series of encounters and dialogues that form its core, revealing the character not only of Badii, but also of Iranians and humans in general.


Production Notes:

  • In 1997, TASTE OF CHERRY became the first Iranian film to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

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