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  • Summary: With a strange mission, a group of people from the city come to a small village in Iran. They are awaiting the death of a 100+ year old woman, while pretending to be communication engineers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    To my mind, the greatest film by Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami.
  2. Kiarostami's genius is elusive. His films may be unknowable, but they are undeniably hypnotic, charismatic.
  3. A film poem of sometimes humbling beauty: a movie that opens up a new world to us - in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan - with an enchanting freshness and austerity of vision.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    90
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
  5. If you've had enough of the loony tunes coming from Florida, this piece of absurdist serio-comedy is the perfect picture.
  6. 80
    "Nothing happening" is everything happening between the lines, in the gap created between what is unstated onscreen and what we bring to the story ourselves.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    On the surface, nothing really happens, but to call it a nonevent would be to miss the point entirely.

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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. RezaT.
    Apr 16, 2008
    10
    This is by far the best Kiarostami`s film. Watching it is an amazing journey to human soul.
  2. LizD.
    May 17, 2007
    9
    An awesome film. and the "engineer" appears as a good guy--who is really an assassin.
  3. NaomiH
    Nov 8, 2006
    6
    I have to admit, this was a very difficult film for me to sit through. I happen to be one that loves slow, beautiful movies. I stand up to criticism from friends and family who think foreign films are boring and plotless. I don't want to give this a poor review, I just want people to be aware that not everyone has the right sensibilities to enjoy this film. I thought I did, but I was wrong. If the intention was to exasperate me every time the phone rang, the film won. Boy did it win. Expand

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