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Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2004)

Bahman Farmanara , Roya Nonahali , Bahman Farmanara  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bahman Farmanara, Roya Nonahali, Ebrahim Abadi, Dariush Asadzade, Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi
  • Directors: Bahman Farmanara
  • Writers: Bahman Farmanara
  • Producers: Fazlollah Yousefpour, Morteza Shayesteh
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Persian (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J4YNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,935 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine" on IMDb

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In this audacious black comedy, Bahman Farjami, a filmmaker who has not directed for twenty years due to censorship, experiences a strange set of coincidences that convince him the Angel of Death must be near. As a means of confronting his fears, he decides to make a film about his own funeral. As he researches the funeral rites of his country and culture, Farjami glimpses a side of Iranian society which he was not aware of. In the midst of this, his view is shaded by his own mounting family problems. Through a series of fiascos leading to comic and cathartic vision of his own disastrous funeral, he goes on an emotional roller-coaster ride that culminates in a Fellini-esque dream so intense that it may lead to his actual death.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
My wife (who spent most of her life in Iran--and much of her adult life under the current Islamic government) and I (who have never visited Iran) saw this film recently and agreed that it was excellent. It is a "director-making-a-movie" film in the vein of Fellini's "8 1/2" or Allen's "Stardust Memories"--hence full of life/art observations--but contains wry political observations I don't recall in either of these other films. Death is a constant presence here; the director, after not making any films for 20 years, due to the censorship of the regime, is making a documentary on funeral practices in Iran. The deaths of several characters--including the director's own--interweave in ways that are both touching and hilarious. It also introduces the non-Irani viewer to a sense of everyday middle-class life in modern Iran.
Don't miss this one! A real gem.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film from Iran October 9, 2003
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Another award winer film from Iran. Directed by Bahman Farman-ara, this is the story of a man (the director) who has seen most of his close friends have passed away and decides to actually has his funeral while he is alive. A must see film. ...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful August 19, 2009
Our family recently saw some Iranian movies at a film festivle so I thought it would be fun to see more. However this proved me wrong. This film was horrible, weird and very boring. I do not recommend it.
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