Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame
Time Out says
Moreover, finding a class prepared to take girls will present a whole other challenge, as she negotiates the rocky landscape patrolled by raggle-taggle gangs of stick-wielding boys who take their game of ‘Taliban’ very seriously.Taking its cue from the classic ‘child on a quest’ narratives of an earlier generation of Iranian film-makers (notably Panahi’s ‘The White Balloon’), this shares their intriguing authenticity of place and disarmingly direct junior performances, though on this occasion the direction’s rather scrappier round the edges.
That said, there’s a forceful message here about the inheritance of hardline attitudes by an impressionable younger generation who don’t know anything else, palpable concern for the future of young girls such as Baktay, and not a hint of sentiment in the depiction of boys’ pointed mischief. The film’s slight, often over-stated, yet affecting nonetheless, especially when Makhmalbaf finds images to let her themes take flight – paper-bag hoods for kiddie ‘hostage’ games are a truly disturbing vision of dehumanisation, a thicket of legs swinging from school chairs an index of inextinguishable eagerness for education.
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