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A.k.a.
Close-Up
Year
1990
Runtime
98 min.
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Genres
Crime, Drama, Biography
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
8,085
Checks
3,351
Favs
546
Dislikes
23
Favs/checks
16.3% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
24:1
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  1. dondyarizona's avatar

    dondyarizona

    So humane it kills. Powerful stuff. The last shot is so beautiful. 8 years 2 months ago
  2. numbernine's avatar

    numbernine

    Mister Sabzian is truly one of the most intriguing persons I have ever seen depicted on screen. 10 years 9 months ago
  3. Unit 731's avatar

    Unit 731

    Probably one of the most original and unique films ever conceived. Powerful, mesmerizing and nothing short of a masterpiece.

    It is incredibly simple and complex at the same time. We have the director's view with the re-enacted scenes and the real, absolutely spellbinding trial footage with Sabzian, who has to be one of the most interesting persons I have ever seen. Really, have you ever heard a poor and unemployed man quote Tolstoy on trial or going all philosophical on his day-to-day sufferings? And it goes even further. Is Sabzian really remorseful at the trial (as he says) or is he acting? One can only wonder.

    I figure this movie will grow on one as time passes but it's an instant favorite nevertheless. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction with the combination of real events and dramatization is an achievement itself, but for me the film really felt as real as life and .. I really like that kind of stuff. Also, that brilliant freeze frame with the beautiful music was a terrific way to end the film.

    Mhmm... Dat aerosol can scene....
    6 years 4 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #9 in IMDb's Biography Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #15 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
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  3. This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's 1990s Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #29 in Film Magazine's Best Iranian Films
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  5. This movie ranks #30 in IMDb's Crime Top 50
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  6. This movie ranks #31 in Arts & Faith's Top 100 Films
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  7. This movie ranks #40 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  8. This movie ranks #53 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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  9. This movie ranks #63 in iCheckMovies's Most Favorited
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  10. This movie ranks #82 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  11. This movie ranks #160 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  12. This movie ranks #179 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  13. This movie ranks #292 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
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  14. This movie ranks #589 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  15. This movie ranks #601 in The Criterion Collection
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  16. This movie ranks #624 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  17. This movie ranks #818 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  18. This movie ranks #854 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  19. This movie ranks #906 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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