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The Color of Love (2005)

N , A (documentary) , Maryam Keshavarz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: N, A (documentary)
  • Directors: Maryam Keshavarz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ryko Music Distribution (Back Order)
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQ28OC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An eye opener...sheds light on the changing face of love, sex, and relationships in contemporary Iran. --Variety

Maryam Keshavarz s feature documentary is a fascinating snapshot of life in Iran. The New Yorker of Iranian descent went to Iran to talk to ordinary people, including many members of her extended family, about the meaning of love, and the result is an unusual exploration of the politics of the personal in this repressive society. --The Gazette (Montreal)

A poetic and charming glimpse into the lives of a number of Iranians, as the filmmaker interrogates them about their opinion on love and romance. The film clearly illustrates the tension between younger Iranians, who yearn for modernity, and the fundamentalist elders who run the state. --The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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During the weeklong Ashura festival in the ancient city of Shiraz, the older generation performs cathartic rituals while the city's youth are left to their own devices. They spend this time cruising the public squares, hoping for a sideways glance or a passed note from a potential lover, while avoiding the patrolling morality police. Caught between traditions thousands of years old and a 21st century perspective informed by satellite TV and the internet, they struggle to find a place for romance amid the strict moral codes of their country. In this engaging documentary, Iranians, young and old, married and single, speak candidly about love, marriage, and sex, revealing the truth about what it s like to seek and find love in modern Iran.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Days and Passion Plays March 8, 2008
A young woman watches her otherwise mild-mannered husband instruct their little boy on the proper way of using a whip across his back for the upcoming Ashura processions. Later that night, the mother, filled with loving pride, will soothe the welts on her child's bruised back with salves and cuddles.

Nighttime scenes of pious mourning over the martyrdom of the Muslim prophet's grandson, Imam Hossein, alternate with those of young men ogling passing women in manteaus and headscarves, offering them love poems as well as names and phone numbers from cars or on densely crowded street corners.

Such were some of the goings-on in the Iranian city of Shiraz at the height of 2003's Ashura festivities. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was two years away from the presidency and the so-called reformist policies of his predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, was allowing Iranians some semblance of those personal freedoms they'd had under the Shah. Thus, while the very young were being taught the proper displays of Shi'a piety, those in their teens and twenties were taking advantage of the season's ceremonial distractions to meet and socialize with the opposite sex.

COLOR Of LOVE was Iranian-American Maryam Keshavarz's first ever documentary and the 20something filmmaker did a superb job capturing footage of the flirtatious glances and cautious passing of notes by Iranians of her generation.

Framed within the context of the question, "What is love?" Keshavarz interviews her relatives and their friends, showing that despite efforts to appear worldly and sophisticated, even cynical, these young Iranians desire romantic love; most importantly, they want the freedom to experience this love by choice and on their own terms.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! July 11, 2007
You're not going to see a more powerful, funny, or intimate portrait of young people in Iran on film. Maryam Keshavarz has a kind of access and insight that goes beyond the usual shallow 'axis of evil' shorthand. Buy one for yourself, and one for Condolezza Rice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Attractive September 25, 2009
This subtitled film is a documentary of sorts with no professional actors. It is a series of interviews interspersed with dramatic scenes of Tehran during a religious festival marked by self-flagellation and beautiful mournful chanting. The people themelves appear to be middle class and are surprisingly attractive, racy and modern in their thoughts and comments. A lot of attention is given to the youth--their courtship and mating patterns under a stern fundamentalist governement. I gave it only 3-Stars due to a general lack of structure and a lot of disconnected elements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film, highly recommended August 27, 2007
a beautiful look at the relationship between spirituality and love. this documentary seeks to answer the age old question of what makes for true love and succeeds!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring October 1, 2011
Lots of scenes from Iran which for someone who travels there from time to time is not anything special. Kind of depressing melancholic mood, tone, sound, color. Depressing movie. Waste of time if you ask me - I wouldn't recommend it. Sorry.
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