Taste Of Cherry

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A wealthy Iranian named Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives around in circles, picking up several men and offering to pay them well for an easy job, but refusing to specify what he needs done. Of course, he arouses suspicion, but what he's looking for isn't sex -- it's someone to bury him after he commits suicide. When the men discover what it is he needs done,...read more

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A wealthy Iranian named Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives around in circles, picking up several men and offering to pay them well for an easy job, but refusing to specify what he needs done. Of course, he arouses suspicion, but what he's looking for

isn't sex -- it's someone to bury him after he commits suicide. When the men discover what it is he needs done, rejection follows -- cruel, baffled or tolerant, depending on the man. It becomes increasingly unnerving -- in fact, it's unnerving from the start -- to watch him pursue that final 20

spades full of dirt: If he really doesn't believe in anything anymore, then what does burial matter? And everywhere Badii looks he sees the earth, literally dirt, the same earth that's being moved to create nondescript, blocklike housing for Tehran's rich and poor alike, the same earth that will

envelop Badii if he succeeds. It's ironic, and self-consciously so, that the man who finally agrees to help Badii is a taxidermist (Abdolhossein Bagheri), one whose profession is predicated on the art of maintaining exterior appearances, even after death. He makes incisions and guts his subjects,

but also preserves them, or at least their shells. But the taxidermist's inner life is so alive, so full of introspection, that it's led him outward and permitted him to embrace life fully. Abbas Kiarostami's carefully paced film, which won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival,

balances ennui with suspense in a narrative that's ultimately as heartbreaking as it is delicately simple.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
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