Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees)
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Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees)
This Iranian movie about making movies wavers between a documentary and a fictional drama. It is the third in director Abbas Kiarostami's cycle of films that include Where Is My Friend's Home? and And Life Goes On. Like the others, this film is also set in northern Iran. An actor playing the director, tells the audience that he will be the only professional actor in the film. The Director selects a young woman, Tahereh, who was recently orphaned in the last earthquake to play the heroine. Mrs. Shivas, the non-nonsense assistant director keeps the actors on task and focused. She is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a marvelous glimpse into the working methods of Kiarostami, but that becomes merely one of the many layers of "reality" in this film."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"The third film in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's unofficial trilogy extends the themes present in the previous two films to the point of emotionally numbing, if intellectually admirable, redundancy."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"There's a reason Kiarostami is considered one of the best filmmakers in the world today, so that even one of his minor films cannot be easily dismissed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mesmerizingly beautiful composed views of the rugged landscape in real time"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The final shot is one of the best you'll ever see."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy