More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
3.89

Awesome: 11.11%
Worth A Look77.78%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 11.11%
Total Crap: 0%

1 review, 3 user ratings


Latest Reviews

Fortress, The (2017) by Jay Seaver

MFA by Jay Seaver

You Only Live Once by Jay Seaver

November (2017) by Jay Seaver

Friendly Beast by Jay Seaver

Foreigner, The (2017) by Jay Seaver

Tom of Finland by Rob Gonsalves

Happy Death Day by Jay Seaver

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene by Jay Seaver

Death Note: Light Up the New World by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed


Baran
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by EricDSnider

"A bittersweet, very human film."
4 stars

"Baran" puts a human face on a statistic we Americans are only vaguely aware of: 1.5 million Afghan refugees live in Iran, where they are not allowed to work without special permission.

The specific human face is that of Lateef (Hossein Abedini), a tactless, immature teen-ager who pretends to work at a construction site but mostly just loafs around. It's the Afghans who do the difficult work, though they must scramble to hide every time a government inspector (Jafar Tawakoli) comes around.

At the film's outset, an Afghan worker named Najaf (Gholam Ali Bakhshi) is injured on the job and unable to work anymore. In desperation -- we gather there is no worker's comp in Iran, or at least not for an illegal alien -- he sends his daughter (Zahra Bahrami) to work, dressed like a young man everyone calls Rohmat. Lateef behaves spitefully toward "him" until he discovers the kid's secret and becomes powerfully drawn to her.

But these are difficult times for everyone, and nothing is conducive to blossoming love. When one part of the equation is masquerading as a man, that just makes it more difficult.

The selflessness of Lateef's behavior, and his gradual transition into adulthood, give the film a good deal of sweetness. This is enhanced by writer/director Majid Majidi's intimate style and cinematographer Mohammad Davudi's bittersweetly realistic depiction of Tehran.

I only wish that Hossein Abedini, acting in only his second film, were better at his few really emotional scenes, where he comes up embarrassingly flat. Otherwise, "Baran" is lovely and poignant and may help us foreigners better understand our quarrelsome neighbors to the east.

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=5653&reviewer=247
originally posted: 06/20/02 03:11:20
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

11/13/06 ras Good,realisitic view of some of Iran/Afghanistan's societal challenges 5 stars
9/25/05 Phil M. Aficionado Was I tired or was it the movie; both, I guess. I'm out of step with critics, but ZZZzzzz 2 stars
9/21/04 mohan yesterday 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  03-May-2002 (PG)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  26-Jun-2003




Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast