Close-up (1999)

This Iranian film qualifies as a docudrama, and makes some telling comments on society as it tells its tale. In the story, Ali Sabzian, in a fit of whimsey, claims to a fellow passenger on the bus that he is the famous Iranian film director… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The meanings of Close-Up shift, subtly and profoundly, with every viewing; the only certainty is that its rewards are boundless.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Kiarostami has made a film that looks into the heart of a man accused of a crime and, instead of evil, discovers only sweetness, longing and a sad confusion.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Kiarostamis blending of fiction and nonfiction techniques produces a film that can be peeled back layer by layer, revealing something new at each level.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Successfully blends fact with fiction to produce a work more compelling than any of today's infotainment programs.

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Josh Larsen

Does Close-Up reveal the truth? I'd prefer to say it reveals the beauty of distortion.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a brilliant mix of contrivance, intimacy, distance, and dramatic closure peered into like a voyeur...

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Kiarostami's film has artichoke-like layers which, once peeled, are forever resonant.

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Chris Barsanti

...not quite close enough.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Compelling and utterly fascinating, but be warned: This is a rough-edged film that constantly shoves the viewer's face into the fact that it is a film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
kiarostami's masterpiece, radical cinema. i went in not knowing much about it and i recommend that approach. 'i'm tired of being me'
Chris Browning
While I understand the point as well as the various messages in the film, it takes a lot of patience and focus because it is a full dialogue film with nothing… More
familiar stranger
Had it not attempted to be so "artistic", and instead used cinematic liberties for better dramatization (again, with an entertaining instead of… More
Daniel Dolgin
Close-up, just wow. An absolutely stunning film. This is a movie that questions fiction and reality. It's not fully a mockumentary, but is the best… More
Drew Smith
I think my cool reaction to Close-Up is an issue of cultural division. Where many Iranian viewers find considerable merit in this, I thought it was interesting,… More
Hassan Vawda
This is a complex masterpiece. It is so simple on the surface but Kiarostami blends documentary and the fictional world of cinema to create a film with real… More