Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass)
Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass) (1998)

In this dark, intense, and emotional film, a depressed middle-aged man travels the Iranian countryside searching for someone to bury him after he commits suicide. Eventually, he encounters a Turkish taxidermist who tries to get him to see… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 8, 1999
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl

Has a visual style that seems rudimentary but becomes increasingly hypnotic and resonant.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Kiarastomi, like no other filmmaker, has a vision of human scale that is simultaneously epic and precisely minuscule.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Kiarostami's insistence on putting a frame around his vision keeps the freedom of interpretation--and the responsibility for it--in the hands of the viewer.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is such a lifeless drone that we experience it only as a movie.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

As the film's design becomes clear to us, a quiet spaciousness begins to inhabit it.

Keith Uhlich
House Next Door

Taste of Cherry might be Kiarostami's most difficult film.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Kiarostami is in no rush, but the respect and love he shows for his characters, and the confidence and simplicity of his technique, make Taste of Cherry a satisfying experience.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Taste of Cherry confirmed Kiarostami as the most acclaimed director of Iran's rich film culture...

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

An enduring meditation on living life. A great film.

Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Taste Of Cherry director Abbas Kiarostami has effectively communicated life in its richest complexity that solicits insights and persuades an introspection. An… More
Robert Fearon
The minimalistic visual style gives us the space and time to contemplate the story and characters we're watching.
John Ballantine
Another brilliant stroke from Abbas Kiarostami depicting a man seeking to end his life and taking a tour of characters in his community to ensure that he is… More
cody franklin
Interesting minimalist Iranian film that won the Palm d'Or in 1997. It's captivating, but really doesn't have any re watching value or a ending… More
Daniel Dolgin
*may contain small spoilers* Palm d'Ore winner, Taste of Cherry, is a profound story about a young man who wished to end his life, but needs some help in… More
Daisy Maduro
I didn't particularly enjoy this film, tending it to be kind of documentary, but it is nicely photographed and well acted. Through the dialogue between… More