Magic Carpet Ride - "Gabbeh" Review

By Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's beautiful, colorful film was probably the first Iranian film to be released in the U.S., or at least it's the first one I ever saw. The film follows the nomadic Ghashghai people, whose bright, bold carpets tell stories. The main yarn features a young woman who loves a mysterious stranger, but is forbidden to marry him. Makhmalbaf attempts to follow the carpet idea by making his film dreamily romantic and non-realistic. Events seem to leap around in time and space, much like a dream. "Gabbeh" is a deceptive introduction to Makhmalbaf's work, however, which tends to be far more brutally realistic.

Originally Published January 4, 2006



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