With all the real players ‘performing’ as themselves, and Kiarostami’s cameras rolling while the judicial fate of Sabzian was in play, Close-Up pushes the bounds of production and the effect cinema has outside the frame. For scholar and filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, “Close-Up changed the entire course of Iranian cinema. It moves and challenges the audiences in every direction and in the opening scenes alone, contains the very essence of [Kiarostami’s] cinema.” For the director himself, the film is “in praise of dreams; it’s a beautiful portrayal of a human being who has reached a dead end but still has a hold on his dreams.”
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