Crimson Gold
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Jafar Panahi's Crimson Gold was written by Abbas Kiarostami, who also wrote Panahi's The White Balloon. The film opens in the midst of a jewelry store robbery. In a single shot, a hulk of a man, trapped by the store's security system, shoots the store manager. Moments later, with an excited crowd gathering on the street outside, he turns the gun on himself. The film then flashes back several weeks. Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin) (the robber) is working as a pizza delivery man with his best friend, Ali (Kamyar Sheisi). He's engaged to Ali's sister (Azita Rayeji). Ali finds a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I'm glad I saw Crimson Gold. Watching it is like getting a peek behind the curtain."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's every bit as outwardly unruffled as its hero, but inwardly it seethes with the very same gradually accumulated rage. A devastating and beautiful film."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The film's sociopolitical themes are all the more powerful for being subtly expressed through a starkly realistic tale."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"an artful failure, a moped-fueled odyssey into dramatic weariness and monotony"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Its cumulative power will smack viewers with all the force of a rattlesnake to the cheek."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Panahi's movie, unsurprisingly, has been outlawed in Iran. Nobody likes a prophet."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A film both shocking and humane, as if Taxi Driver were somehow rewritten by Chekhov."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An incisive portrait of one man's quiet rage at, and heartbreakingly violent response to, social inequality."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"...a slow-moving but ultimately intriguing character study."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Quietly brilliant psychological drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie can feel slow and tedious, but the supper it makes us work for is nourishing."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"It's the singular presence of Hussein Emadeddin -- a nonprofessional like all the other actors Panahi has used in his films -- that gives the film much of its soul and mystery."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Brutal class realities in contemporary Iran"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"It settles into the typical reflective mode of Iranian films, but something is happening: A human being is slowly, sullenly, silently approaching his combustion point."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"As overly familiar as director Jafar Panahi's setup and delivery seems, its freshness is in its setting."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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