Magazine article Insight on the News

Taste of Cherry

Magazine article Insight on the News

Taste of Cherry

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One reason Tarantino can indulge his acting fantasies: His movies are commercial and critical successes, most notably Pulp Fiction, which won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. But last year's winner of that prestigious prize is less well-known to Americans, and few will have the chance to see his acclaimed film.

Taste of Cherry by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is being distributed in the United States by Zeitgeist Films, but this contemplative film about a man contemplating suicide will play only in art houses around the country. Cineastes should take note, however. Critics have called Kiarostami the most important filmmaker working today, comparing him to Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman; Time's Richard Corliss named Taste of Cherry the best film of 1997 in the magazine's international edition.

Like most of Kiarostami's films, the plot is deceptively simple. An apparently healthy and affluent middle-aged man drives his Range Rover around the outskirts of Teheran, picking up hitchhikers--a young soldier, a seminarian, an elderly taxidermist--whom he attempts to persuade to help him end his life. …

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