The Gardener
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The Gardener is a poetic film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that they don't know much about due to its taboo status in the country of both the filmmakers' and the faith's birth - Iran. Mohsen Makhmalbaf follows a gardener who works at the Baha'i gardens to understand who he is and why he is there. Meanwhile his son Maysam rejects the concept of religion all together and goes out to Jerusalem where he comes across the sacred sites of Jews and Christians… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Makhmalbaf's tone is thoughtful and becalmed, the imagery often poetic."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy - without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The screen blooms with beauty: Makhmalbaf and his family of fellow filmmakers have always filled their screens with rapturous imagery."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"An intimate, discursive inquiry into religious belief that opens to include questions about cinema ..."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Images and metaphors whimsicially combine in a fine, fast-flowing documentary introducing the Baha'i faith."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Contemplative, well-balanced and fascinating. You'll find it to be provocative no matter what your religion is."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Delicately works to see how beautiful the world can look when people embrace each other's differences."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Village Voice
"With their civilized discussion and amusing asides about the making and marketing of docus, the Makhmalbafs succeed in entertaining and engaging auds who are interested in the question of why people seek religion."
‑ Richard Kuipers, Variety
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