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Bitter Dream

  • Film

Time Out says

Produced by Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Centre, this seems to be both. Mixing cinéma vérité, dramatic fiction and absurdist black comedy, it's closer to TV's Six Feet Under than a typical Iranian art film. That said, it does connect with the post-modernity in Abbas Kiarostami's cinema. Esfandiari, apparently playing himself, is a cantankerous old gravedigger in a large cemetery in the centre of Iran. The incursion of a reality TV show documenting his life brings home his own sense of mortality. It's no masterpiece, but the shifting styles are intriguing, you learn a fair bit about local attitudes to death and bereavement along the way, and the film's edgy humour is a welcome surprise. Most memorable moment: an apprentice is shown how to wash a corpse. 'Now take your glove off and wash his organ,' he's instructed - at which the corpse sits up and demands a pay rise.
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Release Details

  • Duration:87 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mohsen Amiryoussefi
  • Screenwriter:Mohsen Amiryoussefi
  • Cast:
    • Abbas Esfandiari
    • Delbar Ghasri
    • Mohsen Rahimi
    • Safar-Ali Safari
    • Yadollah Anvari
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