Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami – 1997) B+

He drives around the outskirts and slums of Teharn, Iran looking for a guy to help him out. At first the implication is that he is looking for sexual favors. At least that’s what it seems from the first conversation in his Range Rover with a worker. Then it becomes clearer what this sad man is looking for. He wants to commit suicide and is looking for someone to make sure he is buried. The film is a series of philosophical conversations, mostly in the Range Rover that he drives around and various men including a Seminarian, a soldier and a taxidermist. It’s droning at times as each conversation goes around the reasoning and morality of suicide. I did like some of the pace and the style of the back and forth between the characters.

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