The Gardener
The Gardener (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 11, 2013
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Makhmalbaf's tone is thoughtful and becalmed, the imagery often poetic.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

It is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy - without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution.

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Ray Pride

The screen blooms with beauty: Makhmalbaf and his family of fellow filmmakers have always filled their screens with rapturous imagery.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

An intimate, discursive inquiry into religious belief that opens to include questions about cinema ...

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

Images and metaphors whimsicially combine in a fine, fast-flowing documentary introducing the Baha'i faith.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Contemplative, well-balanced and fascinating. You'll find it to be provocative no matter what your religion is.

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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice

Delicately works to see how beautiful the world can look when people embrace each other's differences.

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Richard Kuipers

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.

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