Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower)
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Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower)
In Tehran, a former policeman in his forties gets in contact with the Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, reminding the filmmaker that he had promised him a part in his next movie. In fact, the two men had "met" 20 years earlier under rather dramatic circumstances: in 1975, the young Makhmalbaf, a dissident under the Shah's regime, stabbed this policeman while trying to steal his revolver. Imprisoned, the future filmmaker was released during the height of the Revolution. Instead of coming through with a role for the policeman, Makhmalbaf suggests that he prepares a restaging of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is rare when a single image can sum up the emotional core of an entire movie, but the final freeze-frame of A Moment of Innocence is so moving in its completeness, it reminds us with jarring simplicity that we are in the hands of a genuine artist."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Too smug and too self-indulgent."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"For Makhmalbaf, the film comes to represent a re-examination of his own idealism, and the possibility of further social change as a whole new generation of Iranian youth comes of age."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A Moment of Innocence may be slow, but it's steady, moving as gently and inexorably toward its surprising conclusion as the snow that falls endlessly over its cold, damp, befuddled characters."
‑ Rachel Proctor May, Austin Chronicle
"Discarding his violent past, [Makhmalbaf presents a] 1974 event as something unthinkable to a younger generation and arrives at a truly poetic, thoroughly optimistic conclusion."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Though its methods lie somewhere between Pirandello and Rashomon, A Moment Of Innocence adds a personal dimension that's uniquely its own, as Makhmalbaf's investigation into the past evolves into a touching act of contrition."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"This is one of the best features of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Touching, funny, and totally original."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Cinema can restage the past, but can it absolve it?"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There are moments here that are phenomenal."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"What emerges is a consideration of the relativity of truth and memory."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This comedy of mixed motives and recently freshened memories becomes increasingly passionate."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Superbly controlled and stylishly self-reflexive, this is also genuinely intriguing."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"It's a wry comedy and a warm human interest story from Iran."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Resonates heavy with the Proustian understanding of how memories only amplify and enrich with time."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine