Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine
Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2001)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 6, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hitting upon universal themes, this meditation on death is both poignant and wryly humorous.

Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

Somber and haunting with an undertow of mordant wit, Mr. Farmanara's comeback finds its morning in life and nature.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Our comeback tale should end on a classic note of resounding triumph. Should -- but doesn't.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

By turns accomplished and clunky -- part of which is probably the result of its obviously tiny budget -- but it's never less than fascinating.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The slow-moving film fails to capture the depth and intensity of what it means to battle political censure and depression.

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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle

A feat of droll, refractive, melodramatic self-portraiture.

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Jake Euker

Farmanara's artistic vision is hit-or-miss and his material hangs together rather slackly

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

The director's obsession with death sometimes seems overwrought and self-flagellating.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Boasts rich texture, sly vision and rueful humor.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engrossing look at a whiny artist in modern Iran trying to deal with censorship.

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