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Director: Abbas Kiarostami Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 1990 Language: Persian (Farsi)

Starring: Abolfazl Ahankhah, Hossain Sabzian, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah

While reading a novel by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf on the bus, Ali Sabzian strikes up a conversation with a pretty girl, Mahrokh Ahankhah. When she tells him her family admires Makhmalbaf’s work, Ali pretends to be the filmmaker to impress her. Becoming friendly with the Ahankhahs, Ali tells them he is preparing a new movie, but when they uncover his true identity, he is arrested for fraud. This film reenacts the true story of the incident, with Ali and the family playing themselves.

“Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion.” ~ Stephen Holden, New York Times

Sight & Sound Rank #17

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