Film Reviews, Short Review

کلوزآپ [Close-Up] (1990)


One day, a man passing himself off as renowned Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf managed to earn the trust of a well-off family and convince them he was considering shooting a film in their house, with the family as actors. On being discovered, he was arrested for fraud. When Abbas Kiarostami heard about this case, he managed to convince the family, the man, the judge, and even Makhmalbaf himself into taking part in a re-enactment/surreal fictionalisation of events. Close-Up emerges as not simply a film about a strange case that occurred in Tehran one day, but a film that strikes at the very heart of the power of cinema through the curious, wounded figure pretending to be Makhmalbaf at its heart. A truly unique, powerful, subtle, and lovely work.


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