TASTE OF CHERRY

A film by Abbas Kiarostami

Cast : Ali Moradi, Afshin Bakhtiari, Abdolhossein Bagheri, Homayoun Ershadi

1997 / drama / Iran / original title : TA'M E GUILASS / 98’ / Color / status : completed / Persian / long feature-film / French catalog

A tale of one middle-aged man who wishes to die in a society where suicide is considered as an abomination. Driving in the hills above Tehran, he meets an assortment of different characters : Afghans, Kurds, Turks, prisoners of the desert, a soldier, a seminary student and a museum employee, each with reasons to turn down the job : fear, religious scruples and humanist revulsion at a life wilfully squandered.

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