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    jsigurv checked this movie 1 day 14 hours ago
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    WanderingSoul commented on this movie 3 days 8 hours ago
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    Abbas Kiarostami's early film is a masterpiece of minimalism. The setup is as simple as can be: a young boy in rural Iran accidentally picks up his friend's notebook, and has to travel to a neighbouring town to return it so the friend can do his homework and not get expelled. What emerges is cinema at its most compassionate and joyfully human: Kiarostami observes the people the boy encounters with respect, curiosity and empathy. If the great director's later works were defined by their spatial and structural trickiness (although that simplistic description does them a disservice), this one shows just how adept he was at telling comparatively straightforward stories. Stately but thrillingly unpretentious
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