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85 minutes · 2012

This low-key Iranian road movie by writer-director Morteza Farshbaf owes a clear debt to his mentor, master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. As in Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry or Life and Nothing More, much of the action takes place inside a car (Farshbaf often films the vehicle in extreme long-shot so that it resembles a wandering insect). And like Kiarostami, Farsbaf blends fact and fiction: the main characters, a deaf married couple driving with their nephew to a family funeral, are played by real-life spouses who can't hear. Their unpleasant on-screen relationship, marked by near-constant bickering, encourages the viewer to wonder how much of the friction is genuine. In Farsi and sign language with subtitles.

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