Under the Olive Trees - 1994

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

A fictionalized look at the filming of "Life And Nothing More..." that adds yet another level of reality to what has since been referred to as the "Koker Trilogy."

Color, 1 hour 43 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Zir-e Darakhtan-e Zaytoon

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Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 11

Cast


Mohammad Ali Keshavarz Director
Farhad Kheradmand Actor
Zarifeh Shiva Secretary of the Scene
Hossein Rezaii Hossein
Tahereh Ladanian Tahereh
Mahbanou Darabi Grandmother

Crew


Writer Abbas Kiarostami
Director Abbas Kiarostami
Producer Abbas Kiarostami
Director of Photography Hossein Jafarian
Sound Recordist Mahmoud Samakk Bashi
Yadollah Najafi
Hossein Moradi
Editor Abbas Kiarostami
Sound Mixer Chengiz Seyyed

Pictures


Yet another actor (Mohammad Ali Keshavarz) portrays a fictionalized version of the director Kiarostami.

Yet another actor (Mohammad Ali Keshavarz) portrays a fictionalized version of the director Kiarostami.

Familiar faces from 'Where Is The Friend's Home?'

Familiar faces from "Where Is The Friend's Home?"

The director takes time to joke with the children who have come to watch the filming.

The director takes time to joke with the children who have come to watch the filming.

Local boy Hossein (Hossein Rezai) begs for permission to marry this women's granddaughter.

Local boy Hossein (Hossein Rezaii) begs for permission to marry this women's granddaughter.

Director and Actor playing with echoes.

Director and Actor playing with echoes.

The filming of the scene from 'Life And Nothing More...'

The filming of the scene from "Life And Nothing More..."

Hossein pesters Tahereh, whom he wishes to marry, in between takes.

Hossein pesters Tahereh, whom he wishes to marry, in between takes.

Tahereh (Tahereh Ladanian) is not receptive to Hossein's advances.

Tahereh (Tahereh Ladanian) is not receptive to Hossein's advances.

A path revisited once more.

A path revisited once more.

Hossein doggedly pursues his love.

Hossein doggedly pursues his love.

DVD


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External Reviews


By Stephen Holden The New York Times

In Abbas Kiarostami's film "Through the Olive Trees," Hossein Rezaii, a nonprofessional actor with soulful eyes and a streak of stubbornness that is as big as his ego, plays a love-smitten bricklayer whose would-be fiancee (Tahereh Ladanian) refuses to acknowledge his existence. Complicating matters is the fact that the two have been cast as newlyweds in a movie about earthquake survivors in northern Iran. Continued



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