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  • Summary: Baran is the story of Afghan refugees told through the eyes of an Iranian teenage boy named Lateef. His devotion to a person he barely knows leads him to the choice that will change his life forever. (Miramax Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Simple, but loaded. It celebrates the humanity and humanism at the heart of Iran's remarkable flow of films, but it's also more of a rebuke to materialistic values than any ideologue could ever hope to be.
  2. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    90
    Majidi has discovered a wonderful cast of players to bring this gentle allegory to life, especially Naji as the irascible but generous Memar, who displays nearly perfect comic timing.
  3. It's an elliptical tragedy in which the fate of its characters takes on a larger significance while never losing its intimacy.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Each frame is exquisitely framed, the acting is superb -- Abedini deserves to be a star -- and the impermanence of the lives of displaced Afghans is hauntingly expressed.
  5. A far more impressive and affecting piece of filmmaking and storytelling than most movies put out by Hollywood this year, and offers, as a bonus, a glimpse into a fascinating, contradictory society.
  6. The faces of its inarticulate characters tell the story, and Majidi has put some amazing faces on the screen.
  7. Remains simplistic and gimmicky in the context of Iranian cinema.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7