Life and Nothing More... - 1992

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

The director of "Where Is The Friend's Home?" (Farhad Kheradmand portraying a fictionalized Abbas Kiarostami) searches for the children who acted in his film after a devastating earthquake destroys their village.

Color, 1 hour 10 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Zendeghi va Dighar Hiich

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Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 12

Cast


Farhad Kheradmand Farhad Kheradmand
Pouya Paivar Pouya

Crew


Writer Abbas Kiarostami
Director Abbas Kiarostami
Producer Ali Reza Zarrin
Director of Photography Homayoun Paivar
Sound Recordist Hassan Zahedi
Behrouz Abedini
Editor Abbas Kiarostami
Sound Mixer Chengiz Seyyed

Pictures


At the toll booth.

At the toll booth.

The director's son, Pouya (Pouya Paivar), uses his hands to frame what he sees.

The director's son, Pouya (Pouya Paivar), uses his hands to frame what he sees.

The world from the car window.

The world from the car window.

Most paths to Poshteh, including this one, are impassable.

Most paths to Poshteh, including this one, are impassable due to the earthquake.

A 'Where Is The Friend's Home?' movie poster helps the director question locals as to the whereabouts of the young actors.

A "Where Is The Friend's Home?" movie poster helps the director question locals as to the whereabouts of the young actors.

The director sees a runner on an all too familiar path.

The director sees a runner on an all too familiar path.

One of the actors from 'Where Is The Friend's Home?' hitches a ride and jokes about the nature of his cargo (a Persian-Style toilet fixture), '...those who have died, have died. And those who have survived will have a need for this precious stone.'

One of the actors from "Where Is The Friend's Home?" hitches a ride and jokes about the nature of his cargo (a Persian-Style toilet fixture), "..those who have died, have died. And those who have survived will have a need for this precious stone."

Split right down the middle.

Split right down the middle.

Conversation with a local newlywed - A scene later revisited in 'Under The Olive Trees.'

Conversation with a local newlywed - A scene later revisited in "Under The Olive Trees."

Difficult mountain pass and stubborn driver.

Difficult mountain pass and stubborn driver.

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External Reviews


By Stephen Holden The New York Times

The fragility of civilization is something that most of us prefer not to think about until something like Hurricane Andrew comes along to show how an overwhelming force of nature can reduce a community to Stone Age living conditions.

In "And Life Goes On," that catastrophe is a devastating earthquake in the north of Iran. The Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, accompanied by his young son, drives into the area only a day or two after the quake. Although his ostensible goal is to find out what happened to some young actors who live in the area and who once worked with him, his real quest seems to be the gleaning of as much spectacular post-quake film as possible. Continued

By Jeremy Heilman Movie Martyr

Abbas Kiarostami’s 1991 pseudo-documentary masterpiece "Life and Nothing More…" (also known as "And Life Goes On…") is an astonishing film, and probably the finest Iranian movie that I've seen to date. The film, which constantly blurs the lines between fact and fiction, follows a film director (Farhad Kheradmand) and, Pouya, his young son (Buba Bayour) as they travel through the clogged roads of Iran in an attempt to reach Koker, a town that has been devastated by an earthquake. Continued

By Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The director, writer and editor Abbas Kiarostami ("Close-Up") has said, "I personally can't define the difference between a documentary and a narrative film." Kiarostami uses nonprofessional actors to recreate the real events. The events of "Life and Nothing More..." are based around the 1990 earthquake that destroyed much of northern Iran and killed 50,000. It presents a simple narrative with the equally simple objective of recalling the real events. Continued



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