Whenever I watch an Irani Film especially made by the likes of Abbas Kiarostami, it makes me feel as If I am watching a Satyajit Ray movie and indeed I just read it that he is compared with the likes of Ray and others. Outstanding is the way they make these simple movies in the most subtle way yet with such a deep and meaningful insight of the subject they talk about, still they definitely put a smile on your face by the time it ends. After watching all the Ray movies back to back – I got loads of these Iran, Persian and movies from the neighboring countries and what an experience it has been so far. This one is no different with a movie being shot in the movie and how it cast the local people of the village perform their parts even after having differences is a damn good watch. Plus it gives a great idea of the surrounding war torn country to the audience with the way Director communicates with locals. The lead actors in the movie being shot have a dilemma going on too and how the whole thing works out in their favor is simply superb, although it has an open ending where you need to decide how it ends still I feel it ends on a happy note. Imagine the movie was made in 1994 and it was amazing to see a local lady driving an SUV going around taking care of the whole unit, cast and even the decorations, the way she co-ordinates with all is simply amazing. This is a must watch for all serious cinema lovers and I will definitely rate it a good 4/5. Not to be missed.
Through the Olive Trees (1994) – Drama