A Moment of Innocence
A Moment of Innocence (1999)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 10, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Probing the nature of truth and memory with tenderness and humor, A Moment of Innocence serves as a breathtaking high point in Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's filmography.

John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

Too smug and too self-indulgent.

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Josh Larsen

...reminds us that we can't rewrite our past, even when we have this much 'creative control' over it.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is one of the best features of the prolific and unpredictable Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

What emerges is a consideration of the relativity of truth and memory.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

This comedy of mixed motives and recently freshened memories becomes increasingly passionate.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Touching, funny, and totally original.

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Makhmalbaf sees a golden opportunity to make amends with his own past as he creates this groundbreaking meta-cinematic experiment that blends reality and… More