2 Films by Abbas Kiarostami: Taste of Cherry (1997), 10 on Ten (2004)
Taste of Cherry:
A day in the life of Badii (Homayoun Ershadi), an affluent middle aged Iranian who has lost the will to live. He seeks help from several people to commit suicide, but all refuse...

"Taste of Cherry" is a mythic tale told in the simplest terms but containing a complicated concept of suicide possibly alien to both eastern and western cultures. A desperate man bent on committing suicide attempts to enlist the help of someone to make sure he is buried, dead and not alive. Can he find a compassionate man to do him such an unusual favor in exchange for a large monetary reward? A simple idea, almost an Aesopian tale, but one that branches off into complex dimensions and sub-themes relating to the human condition, the legitimacy of the act of suicide, and many other meanings.

In 10 on Ten, Kiarostami revisits his triumphant 2002 drama Ten and lectures on his cinematic method. Following the same template, he navigates around Tehran in his car and discusses various aspects of filmmaking during the 10 segments. While informative and absorbing, the film requires viewers’ prior knowledge of Ten.

DVD9 + DVD5 | PAL | 01:35:12 + 01:23:20 | 6.60 Gb + 3.72 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Documentary

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