Bad ma ra khahad bord

Bad ma ra khahad bord

DVD - 2002 | Persian
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A filmmaker travels to a remote mountain village secretly planning to record a local ritual ceremony surrounding an old dying woman. He befriends a local boy who ultimately becomes his informant on the fate of the old woman. As the rustling wind, golden light, and deep shadows of the village cast an alluring spell, the deathwatch drags on as the woman stubbornly clings to life, leaving the crew impatient.
Publisher: New York, NY : New Yorker Video, [2002], c1999
Edition: Letterbox ed
ISBN: 9781567302684
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 11, 2018

Past / vs future
Men vs/ women
Youth / adults
Self obsessed self centered vs / community
Disconnected / vs intricate complex connection (world, others, planet, life, death, others, community)
Old values, respect, morals, dignity, integrity, self discipline vs / emotionally immature - greedy

A man is the focus of all the topics of contrast. He represents the emotionally immature, selfish, in a hurry, self centered , self focused modern society ....
creating dust, taking from everyone, giving nothing back, no respect for anyone, nonreal connection to anyone other than what he wants or needs from them... he is bored and only talks to others to fill boredom or get a need filled.

He is rude and inconsiderate of others time, duties, daily routines.

He has no respect, or true understanding, no compassion, (turtle) he takes out his impatient emotions on others, the boy and the turtle.

The complex intricate society of the village, each person knows every other person, they all take care of each other (and their animals) as one big family.. all the many various animals that live with the village.. the sheep goats and cows, (chickens with chicks being cared for, treated as part of the community ) people, all get along together, all provide for each others needs, all have useful rituals,.. women always cleaning house, (sweeping the dust - while he rushes drives, and creates dust) women working never stop working, life, death... everyone has a purpose, is busy and every moment is accounted for. They all give...

He only takes.

He stares in the mirror daily while no one else has time for such frivoulous vanity.
He rushes to the top of the hill for each phone call, while others are all working hard.. nonone else has a phone, they talk face to face, quietly, calmly, respectfully. He shouts and yells to the people on the phone..

A movie full of artistic congruity and contrasts.
Simply done on the surface but extremely intriquite, many statements that are made clear when watched a few times.

He has no respect for anything, he is disconnected from everything, including his own family..the past, humanity, people, tradition, the present or the future... displayed by a bone found while digging in a graveyard. He treats it as a toy.

Womens lives are contant work birth. Ari g for others their entire lives, while men just work from sun p to sun down and get time to rest and be cared for.

At the surface very simple quiet, slow, well filmed visually pleasing story, but extremely intuitive and revealing a out human evolution into the destruction of old traditional ways of life which preserve the symbiosis of family, community and the planet.

Mar 09, 2017

From one of the true masters of world cinema, Abbas Kiarostami's deceptive
masterpiece is at times beautiful, enigmatic and funny. Set in a small mountainous
village, the daily routine of its inhabitants is momentarily interrupted when a small
group of outsiders on a mysterious mission arrive. As the story unfolds, we learn that
the strangers are a television crew sent from Tehran to await the death of an old
woman in order to cover the funeral practices of the village.

Aug 08, 2016

This is a great, beautiful film in which (literally) nothing happens. A TV film crew in Iran drives out to a little village with the plan of making a documentary film about the colorful local funeral ceremony that they expect will follow the impending death of an old and sick villager. Well, the villager never does die, and the film crew hangs around the village for weeks, waiting for her to die. While they wait, they get to meet some of the locals and learn a bit about village life. The photography of the village and countryside is wonderful. The adobe buildings of the village are amazing.

Jul 28, 2016

There is much to appreciate in this portrait of life in a nearly medieval village into which nearly imperceptibly modernity starts to intrude. As the title might suggest, poetry informs daily life. The western viewer might feel a sense of wonder, if not jealousy.

Oct 05, 2012

A beautiful and enjoyable film - I'll definitely need to view it again to feel I'm beginning to understand it. Love the scenes of getting a call on the cell phone, appreciate the insight into discreet and indirect communication between 2 people - asking without asking and answering without actually answering.

Jun 05, 2012

Abbas Kiarostami presents an isolated village in Iran. It's a quaint picture postcard that you'd hardly see for yourself. A documentary crew wants to capture an unusual burial ritual. In waiting for the moment we observe the beauty and charm of the community. Should they stay on and on to film what they came to see?


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