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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