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Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997) 3/5
1. I didn’t think it was exactly necessary or useful for the film to be so arrogant about its refusal to show or share to us anything about the main character and why he wanted to kill himself. The only thing this did for me is that it made it really hard for me to care about the guy or feel anything for him really.
2. THAT ending. Good Lord. My immediate interpretation of it was that Kiarostami was trying to say something like cmon guys, it’s just a film or to not take life too seriously? or whatever and unfortunately, I was right. I mean really, Kiarostami?? You think we don’t realize we’re watching a goddamn film?? I was wondering throughout the film about how it would end. I remember thinking, please please let this not be an open-ended film. It wasn’t. It was worse. That is such a cop-out ending parading as profundity. Kiarostami thinks too much sometimes.
3. Having said these, I still recommend people to see this film. There are things I definitely appreciate about it like the tone and the rhythm, the continuous shots of long and winding roads. I thought it was beautiful and poetic. I also particularly liked the whole speech of the taxidermist guy. Actually, most of it was going okay for me until it got to that bullshit ending. So yeah, the film was a disappointment for me but you should watch it and see what you think of it.
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