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"Dazzling! The bold, almost psychedelically vivid images are woven together with a dreamlike density as pure as that of The Blood of a Poet or Natural Born Killers." Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
One of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, Gabbeh is an epic tale of the forbidden passion that shapes the legend of a magical carpet.
A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of a nomadic elderly couple. When they sit to wash it on the bank of a creek, a beautiful young woman suddenly emerges from the carpet to join them. Once held hostage by the endless restraints of the family that fashioned the carpet, she reveals the secret of the carpet lies within the mysterious black-clad rider on the white horse. Month after month, season after season, he had followed her family from afar, always present, always waiting, howling to her songs of love longing for her to run away with him.
Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's masterpiece is a brilliantly colorful, profoundly romantic ode to beauty, nature, love and art.
Excellent cinematography...captures the incredible colors in nature and beauty and simple elegance of patterns between the weaving of Gabbeh rugs and the weavers lives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Hamilton
I have loved this movie for years: it is poetic in conception and in realization -- there's a touch of genius in the way the film captures the interwoven story across the years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Happy Reader
Gabbeh is a movie that carves in relief the terrible consequences of the way of living in those lands. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
I wish the script had also been washed away in that creek!
Although considered a classic of Iranian cinema, GABBEH fell flat for me. Read more
The film Gabbeh is one that stands out to me. The story is interesting because it keeps the audience wondering who the characters are and where they are coming from. Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Jamie
Gabbeh is a stunning film. Prior to this film, I had never seen an Iranian film. After seeing this film I plan to watch as many films as I can by Makhmalbaf. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by SBishop
Gabbeh was the first Iranian film I've ever seen. It interweaves a tale about love with absolutely incredibly imagery of the Afghanistan countryside and a motif of blankets and... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by Zia Haider
Viewing this film is an extra-ordinarily dreamlike discourse in life. While some of the scenes are very simplistic, Makhmalbaf uses his talent to connect with his audience. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Malcolm L. Rigsby
Note: Farsi with English subtitles.
Synopsis: While an old couple sit by the side of a stream washing a carpet (gabbeh), an attractive woman named Gabbeh (Shaghayeh... Read more