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Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine
Iranian filmmaker Bahman Farmanara wrote, directed, and stars in this autobiographical drama of an artist reaching beyond the limits of censorship. Farjami (Farmanara) is a movie director living in Iran who has not been permitted to make a picture since the Post-Revolutionary Censor Board came into effect two decades earlier. Suffering from a serious cardiac condition, Farjami is convinced he does not have long to live, so he makes plans for one final project -- a film on burial rites, which may or may not include his own funeral. Farjami's new production, which requires him to research… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Somber and haunting with an undertow of mordant wit, Mr. Farmanara's comeback finds its morning in life and nature."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Our comeback tale should end on a classic note of resounding triumph. Should -- but doesn't."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"By turns accomplished and clunky -- part of which is probably the result of its obviously tiny budget -- but it's never less than fascinating."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A bitter but funny examination of the problems of life in a society in which a man cannot do his job."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"By turns funny, moving and surreal, the film is difficult to classify -- with its personal content and screwball comedy, it just might be Iran's answer to Woody Allen."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"The slow-moving film fails to capture the depth and intensity of what it means to battle political censure and depression."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"A feat of droll, refractive, melodramatic self-portraiture."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"Farmanara's artistic vision is hit-or-miss and his material hangs together rather slackly"
‑ Jake Euker,
"On its own modest terms it's an interesting effort, but not a particularly compelling one."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Works on a grand scale and in an most intimate way."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"The director's obsession with death sometimes seems overwrought and self-flagellating."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Boasts rich texture, sly vision and rueful humor."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An engrossing look at a whiny artist in modern Iran trying to deal with censorship."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine is not for all tastes, and patient viewers stand the best chance of receiving its rewards, which are, after all, worthwhile."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"Communicates, with great clarity and precision, the specific dilemma of Farmanara's own 'futile' existence: the quiet horror of the artist who is denied the aching personal need and basic human right of self-expression."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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