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, Baran.....A film that transports us !!

 
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post Apr 2 2010, 11:07 AM
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SS...thankyou for the nice words. they keep me going. smile1.gif Do you know that the song ( which was really good.. ) picturized on Pierce Brosnan was actually sung by him ?? I enjoyed the film very much...

Faraaj...great to read your comments. They are always thorough and knowledgeable.
So you stayed in Iran , now in Australia, basically from Pakistan...that is pretty colourful life indeed.. smile1.gif
Actually i have got Baran right now in my system. But i want to see it in peace and silence..so am waiting for right moment.. smile.gif
As i said, am just a wanderer in the world cinema, going by what i get to see and this time, i was fortunate to have a dear friend who opened the doors of Majid Majidi's house !
Looking back, YOU are the right person to start this kind of thread .. smile1.gif
Yessssss...i too thought that why cant our Countries make a film of this calibre..not that we lack technical expertise or audience...really sad.

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post Apr 3 2010, 06:19 PM
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I loved Colours of Paradise.

Baran is a must see, SF... Saw it years ago and would want to see it again.

Trying to lay hands on both these movies - treasures I would want to keep and watch over and over again...


Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.

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post Apr 3 2010, 06:24 PM
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Bhavita..trust me. These films are going to be the pride of my collection. It is wonderful to think that there is so much beauty around us on net, just waiting to be downloaded and owned. We just need a guiding hand / pointing finger.. smile1.gif

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BARAN..............Majid Majidi film ..Iran

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`Don't you go letting life harden your heart . . . we can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. We always have the choice.' ...The Dalai Lama

How apt is this quote for the story of the film!

This is a love story. A simple love story, where the boy and girl never express what they feel for each other, where the boy never talks to the girl. While the boy morphs into a warm human being, the girl sheds her aloofness to give a glimpse of a smile…

The backdrop is Tehran where a building construction is going on. Afghans who suffered the successive regimes of Russians and Talibans flee to Iran to work illegally. They neither have the identity cards nor any work permits, which sure makes their lives miserable.

The absolute and abject poverty of the people and the places in the film hit me. The appalling living conditions and working conditions in Iran made me realize how fortunate we are to be where we are.

Then the magic of love starts revealing and we wish we were there..to be those characters for just one moment ! Such is the subtle narration weaving a magical world in front of our eyes…

Memar, the construction contractor surreptitiously hires Afghan labour. The boy, who cooks for the labour troupe and tends the stores department, is Lateef, a seventeen year old Iranian. His responsibility is to supply the usual refreshments to the labour as they work. He is just another frustrated kid who has no place to go. For him, his secretly hidden perks and the year long savings with Memar are the most precious things. He likes to remind Memar time and again that he (Memar) does owe him money. Always spoiling for a fight at the drop of a hat, Lateef is not very popular out there.
One day, Najaf, a mason in the troupe falls off a ledge and fractures his legs. Then another mason Soltan brings a boy Rahmat introducing him as the son of Najaf and requests Memar to employ the boy on a trial basis. As the boy is unable to do the chores of hard labour, Memar orders the boy to take the position of Lateef. Lateef is in turn asked to work under a mason doing heavy manual labour.

Needless to say, Lateef is miffed. Not only is his job taken, he is also put on hard labour. And to add insult to injury, people start praising Rahmat as a much better cook than Lateef. So Lateef tries to make life miserable for Rahmat in any possible manner.

It is by sheer chance that Lateef one day realizes that Rahmat is infact a girl Baran, the daughter of Najaf.

Totally taken by surprise, Lateef has got nothing but remorse for his conduct. He starts taking sides with Rahmat by standing by him when situation demands. One day, when the Labour inspectors chase Rahmat as he is an illegal Afghan worker, Lateef lunges on the inspector enabling Rahmat to escape. But the Labour inspectors impose a fine on Memar and warn him to not to employ any Afghan labourers. Rahmat (Baran) loses his (her) job and is forced to leave with her father

The smitten Lateef makes a visit to Soltan’s village. There he sees Baran working hard to sustain her family. To help them out, Lateef collects all the savings he had with Memar. He gives the money to Soltan requesting him to offer it to Najaf as if he (Soltan) himself is giving it. The day next, Lateef comes to know that Najaf has refused accepting the money and that Soltan, who has an ailing wife in Afghanistan has taken the money and left to be with her !
One day, he sees Najaf asking Memar for some loan, which Memar declines saying that he is broke, Najaf says that he needs money with in a day or two. Overhearing their conversation, Lateef desperately wants to help Najaf and Baran. But what has he got to sell? The most precious of all Iranians…their Identity cards which will fetch a handsome price in black markets!!

So Lateef sells his ID card and gives that money to Najaf saying that the money is given by Memar. Only to get to know from Najaf that he is leaving with his family to Afghanistan the day next ……..

What happens then is for everyone to decipher…I wouldn’t like to spoil the ending for those who are interested in watching….
There are some beautiful moments in the film worth a treasure. As usual, the background music is almost absent except for some poignant scenes, where the music conveys more than any spoken word…

The essential question remains as to what love is and what it can do to a person…As the quote of Dalai Lama (I stole from Imdb ) says, it is a choice. We can either make it change our lives for the better by knowing the true happiness of benevolence.. Or we can shrink up and look at the whole world with a pessimistic view…

We feel so glad that Lateef picks up the former choice and turns out to be a warm human being.

Personally I felt that love is HOPE. Hope that lives can change, Hope that things are going to be better, Hope that tomorrow is going to be a happy day…And nothing shows it better than this Film….Dont miss it. It is going to make your day, as it did mine.












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