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- In Farsi with English subtitles
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Was Cambodia an aberration? Or are all societies racked by war so sick of themselves that they are ready to obliterate themselves when righteous attempts of redemption fail?
Hossein is a hard working man who has served his society in war and now runs around feeding it, if not literally, at least figuratively. The well do can now order him into the night because they now have the new weapon needed to push the rest around, wealth.
The simplicity of this film belies its powerful commentary on the universal human condition. It could be Cambodia, Iran, Germany, Poland, or Algeria. Like the bureaucrats of Kurosawa's Ikiru, society forgets its pleasures and purpose when there is no tension, there of death by stomach cancer, and here by the suggested comraderrie of soldiers at the front. When the war is over, soldiers are separated by many flights of steps, and miles of uphill roads between a pizza oven and the mouth and stomach of a now well to do comrade. When the cancer ravaged patient is dead, the camaraderie stops too.
Hossein and his close friend and delivery colleague weave on his motorcycle through the thick field of "citizens" in Tehran swaying in the wild wind of traffic. This is a far cry from the serene motorcycle ride of the country doctor and the reporter in The Wind Will Carry Us. But the shots are the same. So is the background noise that covers conversation and turn it into a staccato of human emotions expressed in dissolving sounds.
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Through his eyes, we get a view of Iranian society. For example, we see him delivering pizzas to a place that is having a party where young people are dancing. However, he's detained by the police who are arresting the partygoers as they emerge from the party because such behavior is forbidden in Iran. He's just a bystander with pizzas which will not be eaten and so he offers pizza to police and arrestees alike. It's a very moving scene and we even get a glimpse of a 15-year old soldier who is trying to follow the rules and not eat on duty but really does want a piece of pizza.
Then there is a scene where he meets his former army commander who's embarrassed by the fact that Hussein, a war hero, is now delivering pizza and so he gives him a large tip.
Our hearts go out to this oversized man who is constantly reminded of the vast differences in Iranian society. In another scene a rich man invites him in to his very expensive apartment just because he needs to talk to someone. Hussein wanders around here with a sense of wonder at all the riches and it soon becomes clear that Hussein's desperation is growing.
Soon, we understand the act of violence with which the film opens and which confused me at first. But the rest of the film answers those questions.
This is a fine film although a bit confusing and somehow sad. But it's well done and meaningful. Not for everyone but film buffs will love it. Recommended.
There are several noteworthy scenes such as when Hussein unknowingly interrupted the government surveillance of a party that violates the fundamental religious laws of Iran (i.e., dancing). I have read about the moral police, but have never before seen a depiction of them on film before. There was also a quick reference to what I believe was Hussein's participation in the Iraq-Iran War. I wished that more were revealed about these two aspects.
Directed by Jafar Panahi, an acknowledged socialist, it is obvious that this film highlights anti-capitalist sentiments as he aims to expose a corrupt dictatorship and the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. To me it's remarkable that the focal point is Iran, a non-Westernized nation that is seldom the focus of such attention before.
Give it time; CRIMSON GOLD is a film that builds upon itself slowly. It is solemn and bleak at times, but nevertheless held my attention throughout. Recommended.
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This is a universal story, thus its wide appeal to audiences and critics. The mood is dark throughout the movie which increases the viewer's impatience/desire to understand the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tell Me A Story
It's a very absorbing movie yet very depressing. It's very artfully done. It's kind of sick. Some of the punch lines are too much - e.g. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Reza Ganjavi
As always, I leaned towards "Crimson Gold" with caution. Dozens of reviews told me that this film is excellent and that I should not even worry about the possibility of an... Read morePublished on August 16, 2008 by Pablo Martin Podhorzer
This is a very zealous exploration of the human soul through the times and lives of two misfits, who work out as pizza's delivers, one of them is at the eve to be married with the... Read morePublished on February 10, 2007 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
I first saw this film a couple of years ago on a whim. I have not seen very many films from the Middle East, however, the ones I have seen have been very good. Read morePublished on January 13, 2007 by Ernest Jagger
I never receive your film, despite to have seen it in Lisbon.
For any reasons that neither you can explain, the goods have desapear. Read more
If you enjoy movies with obese men riding motor scooters, delivering pizza, having discussions about nothing, and eventually killing themselves, then this is the movie for you. Read morePublished on March 29, 2006 by Ben
"Crimson Gold" can be interpreted in any number of ways fairly successfully:as political commentary on the nature of current living conditions in Iran, a work about "the... Read morePublished on September 6, 2005 by J from NY