|Sabizan, the deceiver|
Yet the direction on the fly (the film was invented and filmed in a month) proves Kiarostami's genius, for it is focused, touching and full of small touches that make this film brilliant.
|Kiarostami, the storyteller|
In the end, Iranian cinema is balanced on the precipice of truth. We are presented with a photograph, but it is clear that it has been shopped. We are left with many questions: Why was it shopped? What was the original like? Why did they want us to know it was shopped? What is the truth we are supposed to see? Or do any of these questions really matter?
Even so, Close-Up is a humane portrait of a man fixated with art. Yes, there are layers here, but perhaps, in the end, the layers mean nothing. 4.5/5
An excellent article on the making of Close-Up (please read only after having watched the film) can be found here