The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (Close-up) follows the middle-aged Mr. Badii (The Kite Runner’s HOMAYOUN ERSHADI) as he drives around the hilly outskirts of Tehran looking for someone who will agree to dispose of his body after he commits suicide, a taboo under Islam. Extended conversations with three passengers (a soldier, a seminarian, and a taxidermist) elicit different views of mortality and individual choice. Operating at once as a closely observed, realistic story and a fable populated by archetypal figures, Taste of Cherry challenges the viewer to consider what often goes unexamined in everyday life.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 
  • Project, Abbas Kiarostami’s 39-minute 1997 sketch film for Taste of Cherry, made with the director’s son Bahman Kiarostami  
  • New interview with Iranian film scholar Hamid Naficy 
  • Rare 1997 interview with Abbas Kiarostami, conducted by Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami 
  • Trailer 
  • New English subtitle translation 
  • PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Homayon Ershadi

Abdolrahman Bagheri
Director:
Abbas Kiarostami
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Arabic
Subtitle Languages:

English

studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1997

Taste of Cherry

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The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (Close-up) follows the middle-aged Mr. Badii (The Kite Runner’s HOMAYOUN ERSHADI) as he drives around the hilly outskirts of Tehran looking for someone who will agree to dispose of his body after he commits suicide, a taboo under Islam. Extended conversations with three passengers (a soldier, a seminarian, and a taxidermist) elicit different views of mortality and individual choice. Operating at once as a closely observed, realistic story and a fable populated by archetypal figures, Taste of Cherry challenges the viewer to consider what often goes unexamined in everyday life.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 
  • Project, Abbas Kiarostami’s 39-minute 1997 sketch film for Taste of Cherry, made with the director’s son Bahman Kiarostami  
  • New interview with Iranian film scholar Hamid Naficy 
  • Rare 1997 interview with Abbas Kiarostami, conducted by Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami 
  • Trailer 
  • New English subtitle translation 
  • PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Homayon Ershadi

Abdolrahman Bagheri
Director:
Abbas Kiarostami
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Arabic
Subtitle Languages:

English

studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1997
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