Taste of Cherry

1997 | Drama | 95 minutes | Persian with English subtitles

Info

 Having completed digging his grave, Mr. Badii, a suicidal middle-aged man, must find someone to bury him. Badii drives around Tehran in his Range Rover trying to recruit someone to do this job. He tries to convince a Kurdish soldier on leave and an Afghan seminarian. Both turn him down. Eventually, Badii meets Mr. Bagheri, an Azeri taxidermist, who seems willing. But then Bagheri compellingly tries to talk Badii out of killing himself. Badii is torn: should he  end his life or continue living? 

Cast
Homayoun Ershadi (Mr. Badii) / Abdolrahman Bagheri  (Mr. Bagheri) / Safar Ali Moradi (Kurdish soldier) / Mir Hossein Noori (Afghan seminarian)
Why Stream This Film?
Director/writer Abbas Kiarostami is especially adept at characterizing a suicidal man and the resistance he encounters from decent men who refuse to go along with his crazy plan.  The end of the story is both euphoric  and liberating.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 84%
  • Metacritic Score: 80
Accolades
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Palme d’Or
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
  • Cahiers du Cinéma: Nominated, Best Film
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
TASTE of CHERRY is a small triumph of filmmaking. Through quiet insinuation, the film evokes sadness without being sentimental, has universal resonance without sacrificing personal immediacy, and generates real drama without resorting to contrivance.
Michael O'Sullivan

The Washington Post

There’s a strong elliptical quality to Kiarostami’s style which underlines the filmmaker’s ability to maintain focus with considerable emotional force and depth and with great precision.
Kevin Thomas

Los Angeles Times

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