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: March 20, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 8, 1999
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl

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

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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Cole Smithey

Kiarostami executes a filmic social study that digs deep into the public and private psyche of Iran's male populace via the age-old query that Shakespeare elegantly distilled into, "to be or not to be; that is the question."

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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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

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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The talk flows persuasively; the picture pulses with art and humanity.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The frustrating last scene feels like a copout included by Kiarostami only to draw some puzzling intellectual reaction from his audience; but still, this is a… More
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
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
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
Joseph Boomhower
Abbas Kiarostami's 1997 film "Taste of Cherry" is a beautiful minimalist film composed mostly of long shots and close-ups of characters speaking… More
Robert Fearon
The minimalistic visual style gives us the space and time to contemplate the story and characters we're watching.