The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (Special Edition)
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sku: LMT 32D
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 5, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Hannover House
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Director Kayvan Mashayekh's audio commentary
- Interview with Dr. Mehdi Aminrazavi, author of Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam
- U.S. theatrical trailer
- "In Search of Omar": the making of 'The Keeper'
- "Beyond the Silk Road" with production designer Michelle Milosh
- "From Here to Beyond" music video by Shani
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Surround - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Vanessa Redgrave, Rade Šerbedžija, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Espinosa, Adam Echahly, Bruno Lastra & Christopher Simpson|
|Directed by||Kayvan Mashayekh|
|Screenwriting by||Kayvan Mashayekh & Belle Avery|
|Composition by||Elton Ahi|
|Director of Photography:||Dusan Joksimovic & Matt Cantrell|
Rating: 1/4 -- The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.
New York Post
Rating: 5/10 -- More education than entertainment, Mashayekh's first feature length film tells a valid story but fails to produce on the promise of court intrigues and swordplay.
Monsters and Critics
Rating: 2.5/4 -- While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over.
A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture. Full Review
Film Journal International
Rating: 2/4 -- Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.
Rating: 3/4 -- Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- The Keeper suffers from a surfeit of scattershot acting and clunky narrative devices that usher the viewer back and forth through time with all the subtlety of a culture clash. Full Review
A pair of young men living in the 21st century relive the tales of one of their ancient forbearers in this historical drama. Kamran (Adam Echahly) is a 12-year-old boy of Iranian heritage whose older brother, Nader (Puya Behinaein), is slowly dying. Kamran and Nader's family puts a great value on preserving the oral history of their ancestors, and Nader is passing on this responsibility by telling his brother the story of their distant relative, the great scientist and poet Omar Khayyam (Bruno Lastra). In the 11th century, Omar is close friends with Hassan Sabbeh (Christopher Simpson), a passionate Muslim warrior, and they are both infatuated with the lovely Darya (Marie Espinosa). However, in time Omar and Hassan's paths in life diverge; Omar joins the court of the Sultan Malikshah (Moritz Bleibtreu) and uses his considerable wisdom to study mathematics and the stars, while Hassan succumbs to his rage and forms a cult of killers known as the Assassins. THE KEEPER: THE LEGEND OF OMAR KHAYYAM was the first feature film for Iranian-American director Kayvan Mashayekh.