Abbas Kiarostami – Hamsarayan AKA The Chorus (1982)

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A deaf old man wearing a hearing aid is walking in the streets of Rasht. When the surroundings get too noisy, he turns off his sound. Unfortunately, when he returns home, he doesn’t hear his granddaughter, home from school, vainly ringing the doorbell. A chorus of children gathers to penetrate the old man’s silence.

This is one of Abbas Kiarostami’s finest short works. With the minimum of elements and every pound of sensibility and grace he could afford, the Iranian master shot a precious and brief manifest of some things really worth in life. You can see Víctor Erice’s “The spirit of the beehive” (1973) – shot ten year before, and surely well known by Kiarostami -and maybe some curious Raymond Depardon’s children in between the warm frames of this tiny piece that everyone who wants to be a director must see. The metaphor is clear and simple: we need human “touch” to be human. Don’t miss it and if you have the opportunity to see it, please recommend it. ( Author: postcefalu from Spain from IMDB)

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