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Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Babel Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Kheda Barech Defai
Iran, 1987, 1 hour 23 minutes, Farsi with English subtitles
This launched Kiarostami onto the world stage, heralded the arrival of Iranian neo-realism, and set the prototype for Iranian "kid quest" movies. Nominally the story of a young boy who must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school. On one level this reveals a society rooted in authoritarian demands, but on another this reminds us how kids can be easily damaged by the responsibilities of the grown-up world. This deceptively simple gem has the rigour and haunting resonance of Kiarostami’s best work.
"the simplest and most moving of his films.” Combustible Celluloid
Winner of three prizes at Locarno International Film Festival 1989
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