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A film by Abbas Kiarostami

Iran / 2008 / 91 minutes / 1.85:1
Farsi with English Subtitles / Not Rated


    A vibrant, daringly original work from Abbas Kiarostami, Shirin is the flowering of an experimentalist streak that's been evident in many of the director's most well-known features: Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Ten.

    Ostensibly an adaptation of a 12th century Persian poem about a young princess courted by two men, a nobleman and an artist, Kiarostami never shows us the film in question. Instead, we are compelled to reconstruct the narrative from dialogue and sound, and the emotions that flash across the faces of a rapt, mostly female audience.

    A movie about a movie we never see, Shirin makes us active participants in a unique cinematic experience.

    Special Features

    · Transfer from HD source
    · Taste of Shirin (2008, 27 minutes), a documentary on the making of Shirin by Hamideh Razavi
    · Roads of Kiarostami (2005, 30 minutes), a short film by Abbas Kiarostami
    · Rug (2006, 6 minutes), a short film by Abbas Kiarostami
    · Shirin As Mirror, an essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Film Reviews

    "An illusionist tour de force."
    Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

    "A feast for the bedazzled eye. A brilliantly composed, sensually vibrant visual text. Kiarostami fabricates a fascinating tension between film narrative and film imagery."
    Ronnie Scheib, Variety

    "Fascinating. A hypnotic series of beautiful faces."
    Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

    "Shirin marks another highly original exploration. I don't expect to see a better film for quite some time."
    David Bordwell