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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)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    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
    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
    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
  1. RafaelJ
    Dec 25, 2007
    Mahid Mahidi has another film"children from heaven that is just as good as "The color of paradise" and this one. He has 3 other that are not in this part of the world. Expand
  2. EricS.
    Dec 19, 2005
    As you watch the movie, ask yourself what guides Lateef. Is it a possible desire for romance, as some have suggested; is it also extreme guilt, longing for penitence, protectiveness toward the opposite sex, sympathy, and, finally, respect for the value of human life? Does it start with a few of these feelings, and then lead to progressively more? Why is the movie called "Baran," when it appears to be much more about the moral growth of Lateef? Could it be that Lateef's devotion is to Baran, ultimately the "rain" that cleanses his soul? Expand
  3. JayH
    Apr 15, 2009
    A sensitive, beautiful and remarkable film. The cinematography is particularly excellent. The performances are exceptional. It's a film not easy to forget, fascinating from start to finish. Collapse

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