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Close-Up (1990)

Nema-ye Nazdik (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 30 October 1991 (France)
The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

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Abbas Kiarostami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hossain Sabzian ... Himself
Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... Himself
Abolfazl Ahankhah Abolfazl Ahankhah ... Himself
Mehrdad Ahankhah Mehrdad Ahankhah ... Himself
Monoochehr Ahankhah Monoochehr Ahankhah ... Himself
Mahrokh Ahankhah Mahrokh Ahankhah ... Herself
Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi ... Herself
Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni ... Family Friend
Hossain Farazmand Hossain Farazmand ... Reporter
Hooshang Shamaei Hooshang Shamaei ... Taxi Driver
Mohammad Ali Barrati Mohammad Ali Barrati ... Soldier
Davood Goodarzi Davood Goodarzi ... Sergeant
Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi ... Judge
Hassan Komaili Hassan Komaili ... Court Recorder
Davood Mohabbat Davood Mohabbat ... Court Recorder
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Storyline

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

30 October 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Close Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,670, 2 January 2000

Gross USA:

$2,670
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (2K restored version) (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chosen by Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine as one of the top five films of the 1990s. See more »

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When Sabzian and Makhmalbaf meet, there is a bundle in Sabzian's hand. He gets on the motorbike with the bundle in his hand. Later on, during their ride on the motorbike, the bundle is not there any more. See more »

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The film's title doesn't appear on screen until almost sixteen minutes into the film. See more »

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This is a courtroom drama unlike any you may have seen.
25 June 2003 | by spazmodeusSee all my reviews

I find it amazing that this movie works as well as it does. The people in it are not actors. They are ordinary Iranian citizens who happened to be involved in a curious incident that aroused the interest of a very talented film director. As an American who is aware of the tension between Iran's government and its vibrant film industry, you can't help but to scour this simple story for an ideological message. Is it a protest film? Is it an "all is well with Iran" film? Well, it's not either. It's just a simple and relatively mundane story told by the people who actually lived it.

What I got out of it, and your mileage may vary, is a deep sense that there is something beautiful about seeing a relatively small matter as an event of deep significance, one that requires all your attention. There is no larger story that gives meaning to the small events portrayed in the film, but the people in it, as well as the filmmakers themselves, imbue them all with a great seriousness. All of it is done without a hint of parody or ulterior motive.

And it's not like Iran didn't have "big" issues to confront in 1990, as it was rebuilding its society after the brutal war with Iraq. The cheap and obvious thing to do, which many foreign movies try, is to tell a simple story with a background of an emotionally charged historical time. It's quite beautiful to see this movie avoid that trap. It's not like you'll be moved to tears or something, but that's a part of the point! In a way, the film's ostensible lack of manipulativeness is so fresh to American eyes that you might find yourself moved on a much deeper level. Well, that, or you might be totally confused. After all, there is no background score to instruct you on how you should be feeling at each instant.


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