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A.k.a.
Close Up
Year
1990
Runtime
98 min.
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Genres
Drama, Biography
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
8,085
Checks
2,822
Favs
471
Dislikes
19
Favs/checks
16.7% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
25:1
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  1. numbernine's avatar

    numbernine

    Mister Sabzian is truly one of the most intriguing persons I have ever seen depicted on screen. 8 years ago
  2. dondyarizona's avatar

    dondyarizona

    So humane it kills. Powerful stuff. The last shot is so beautiful. 5 years 5 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....
    3 years 7 months ago
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  4. This movie ranks #40 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  5. This movie ranks #51 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
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  6. This movie ranks #53 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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  9. This movie ranks #172 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  10. This movie ranks #179 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  11. This movie ranks #272 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
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  12. This movie ranks #587 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  13. This movie ranks #601 in The Criterion Collection
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  14. This movie ranks #628 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  16. This movie ranks #854 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  17. This movie ranks #902 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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