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  • Summary: The Gardener is a poetic film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of a father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about the Baha’i faith which is taboo in the country of both the filmmakers’ and the faith’s birth – Iran.
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  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    An intimate, discursive inquiry into religious belief that opens to include questions about cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Jun 10, 2013
    70
    Images and metaphors whimsicially combine in a fine, fast-flowing documentary introducing the Baha'i faith.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Jun 10, 2013
    70
    A stimulating and highly accessible cinematic conversation.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Cutler
    Aug 6, 2013
    70
    The filmmaker once responsible for virtuoso, tragicomic social critiques like The Cyclist (1987) and Marriage of the Blessed (1989) now delicately works to see how beautiful the world can look when people embrace each other's differences.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 31, 2013
    40
    The elder Makhmalbaf, who wrote and directed, puts many spins on this ethereal mood piece — it is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy — without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution.
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