Bashu, the Little Stranger
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(Jun 24, 2008)
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This touching, thought-provoking Iranian children's drama, from 1989 has a simple story, but complex undertones as it is simultaneously a quiet plea for peace and tolerance, an entertaining story and a sly, metaphorical criticism of Moslem fundamentalist thinking. It also presents a view of Iranian rural life seldom seen by Westerners. NTSC/Region 0. Original Iranian dialogue with optional English & Chinese subtitles. 117 minutes. Panorama. 2003.
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Top Customer Reviews
one thinks, if they could go on watching this sad, true and beautiful movie.
Outside of his great movie Ragbar ( Downpour ), Bashu is his best work yet.
whether intended or not Bashu the little stranger is so beautiful that it is magical.
You see and feel first hand how inhuman war is. You see how Iran has different climates (not all and only a dessert). How love gives strength to a little stranger in many aspects.
The subtitles are poorly done but it will have to do. Susan Taslimi is as usual a strong and talented actress.
This movie is bitter sweet. It shares many aspects of life:
war, nature, survival, labor, love and hope.
This movie makes me proud.
Every moment in it is so human. And that is why you cry and smile seeing and feeling pain and beauty.
This movie can never be old. It reminds you to embrace only humanness, only connection, and only love.
Gulf is bombed by Iraq. Fleeing the war, he stows away on a truck and ends up in the verdant, peaceful north,
where he struggles to fit in and start a new life. His adopted new small town is suspicious of outsiders,
specially those with darker skin, and the boy speaks Arabic, whereas the locals speak a regional language.
But he slowly finds his way, and finds love in a gentle, big hearted film about family, re-birth and hope.
It's amazing how many good films have come out of Iran over the last generation. It's really become one
of the last bastions of thoughtful, humanistic drama.