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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
Iran/Japan/France , 2003, DCP, color, 74 min.

Filmed on the shores of the Caspian Sea, the filmmaker’s experimental meditation is as much an ode to Ozu as it is a poetic distillation of Kiarostami’s own cinema. Over the course of five discrete segments, the director allows Nature—the ultimate non-actor—to reveal the rhythms, “hidden patterns” and myriad micro-narratives that emerge for the creative and curious beings who have the patience to watch and wait. Serene, disarming, life-affirming, Five produces the sonic and visual equivalents to those precious and mundane tastes of cherry that Kiarostami’s cinema encourages all to recognize and savor.

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