Close-Up ★★★★★

“Which part would you like to play?”
“My own.”

I have never seen anything like this before, as such I do not really have any words to describe it. How this manages to be a story about the way art speaks to our souls, a class commentary, and maybe the greatest redemption story of all time all in one is almost unbelievable. It’s unsettling to watch Sabzian (and everyone else) play themselves, especially with the real footage of his trial, but it’s that discomfort that makes this perhaps the most truthful film I have ever seen. The last closing sequence to move me this much was Bicycle Thieves, almost a year ago. But this surpassed that easily, which is saying a lot for me. Kiarostami made something truly one-of-a-kind. The world may never see another film like this. This should be required viewing for artists, lawyers- this should be required watching for any human being.

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