Gabbeh (1997)

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is just the second Iranian film ever widely distributed in the U.S. (Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon was the first). A gabbeh is an Iranian carpet produced by the nomadic Ghashghai tribe of southern Iran,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A work of shimmering beauty.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Movies such as this work like meditation or music, to nudge us toward the important.

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Christopher Null

appropriately slight

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Visually enchanting.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Like its subject, Gabbeh is woven with art.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

Makhmalbaf weaves together different threads into an unusual and intriguing film.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

There is hardly a composition in the film that couldn't be extracted and framed.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Makhmalbaf attempts to follow the carpet idea by making his film dreamily romantic and non-realistic. Events seem to leap around in time and space, much like a dream.

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Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

It is the visual imagery of the sheep, the wool being dyed, the rugs being made that take center stage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Loved it! A very compelling tale.
Brandon Klaus
I have zero clue what happens in this, but I liked it somehow.