2006-08-22 09:33

Baran takes place in the years following the 1989 Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan, amid the rise of the Taliban. Set in Iran, it tells the story of an Afghani refugee father whose injury threatens his family's future, a child too weak to fill his shoes, and a native Iranian son forced to trade places with an immigrant.

But, the young man's burning resentment is about to be transformed by a surprising discovery, the immigrant is a young woman. For the first time in his life, he's in love. He can't let on that he knows her secret. Now, his devotion will lead him to a choice that will change his life forever.

What the critics are saying:

"The film's humanity and the overwhelming sense of uncertainty are remarkable to behold."
- Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

"Majidi's portrait of southwest Asian poverty is bloodless and fastidiously arranged, his regard for his thin characters negligible."
- Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

"Majidi has a delicate touch and an extraordinary visual sense: Baran, although it takes place mostly on a dusty construction site employing impoverished workers, and in refugee enclaves that are far from luxurious, has a rich, lavish look."
- Stephanie Zacharek,

Acclaimed director Majid Majidi has crafted a poignant cross-cultural love story without the usual accompanying baggage of sentimentality.

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