And Life Goes On: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami
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“Richly restorative . . . Adjust to Five’s contemplative rhythms, and you have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the world anew.”

Tom Dawson, BBC

Kiarostami pays tribute to Yasujiro Ozu in this non-narrative experiment, made for the Ozu centenary, and informed by the tranquil, meditative cinema (and the still-life “pillow shots”) of the Japanese master. The film, gorgeous and unhurried, consists of five extended sequences shot along the Caspian Sea. Ducks, dogs, driftwood, and the odd human passerby provide the “action.” This serene work is full of visual riches, and even little “dramas,” for patient and observant viewers. Kiarostami, whose gift for landscape was already evident in his celebrated features, had been a landscape photographer for years and published a book of his images in 1999. Five also reflects his new-found interest in digital video and its textures.

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