A Simple Story

Majid Majidi's Baran tells a simple story — of spite, love and healing, experienced by a young man of apparently measly origins.

While the original languages used in this movie are Persian (of Iranian and Afghan varieties) and Turkish (of the Azeri variety), much of the story comfortably unfolds with little use of language. (Subtitles are available in English and other languages.)

What are Majidi's movies about? What does he aim to accomplish? Here is a simple summary:

Majidi focuses on the subtle process involved in the emotional education of human beings. That simple objective forms the core of his movies.

However, that simple objective by itself cannot produce a cinema worth watching. To complement and accentuate his simple objective into an art form, Majidi constantly finds, magnifies and shares a beauty of vast proportions in the simple scenery of his stories.

(Earlier, I've reviewed another one of Majidi's movies here.)

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