Set entirely within the confines of a car and using the size and portability of mini-DV (video) cameras, Kiarostami dispensed with a traditional crew and even himself as director: “In this form of cinema, the director is more like a football coach and has to do most of the work before the take starts.” Cars are a staple of Kiarostami’s films and after creating cinema largely void of female leads, the uniquely public/private space of the vehicle offered enormous narrative freedoms for his characters to explore the world. Moreover, by placing the actor’s side by side in the frame, Kiarostami achieved more naturalistic performances from his cast, resulting in a moving filmic experience.
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