Through the Olive Trees

Synopsis: The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director, and the actors. The local actors play a couple who got married right after the earthquake. In reality, the actor is trying to persuade the actress that they should get married.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Abbas Kiarostami
Production: Artificial Eye
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

The school system

provides you with a minibus?

No, it belongs

to the Gandjeh shoe factory.

It drops us at the factory

and we cover the last kilometer

on foot to get to Saramarz.

As I was saying...

I don't really like

films, cinema

and art in general.


with this earthquake...

and all our problems...

Well, if you could possibly

find me a small part

in your film...

- Of course.

- Thank you very much.

Take the short-cut.

- This way?

- Yes yes, that way.

- You won't forget...

- Don't worry.

- Good-bye.

- Good-bye.



Miss Tahereh...

- Grandmother...

- Yes?

Hello, grandmother.

- Are you well?

- Yes, thank God.

- Where has Tahereh gone?

- I don't know.

We were meeting at 7:30.

She left at dawn,

to borrow a dress from a friend.

I don't know where she is now.

- So what do I do?

- Make yourself comfortable.

- How are you grandmother?

- Come up here.

Come and sit down.

Come up here and sit down near me.

- I'll wait for her here.

- She's gone to school.

She told me

she was going to borrow a dress.

I'm not quite sure,

I don't know everything she does

It's hard to understand...

What did she say exactly?

Do I wait for her or not?

- What do I do?

- I don't know

At her age, she can't keep still.

She can't keep her word.

You were wrong to arrange

to meet her.

This morning

I sent here to the well

but she left the water

down in the yard.

With my bad legs,

I can't go down there.

The time it takes to get down there,

my food's burned...

Besides, she's forgotten her book.

- Thank you for the water

- That's okay. Do you want some?

Yes, please.

You're back at last, are you?

What time do you call this?

I went to see my friend.

It's 6:

and you're not ready yet!

I went to borrow a dress.

- Well? Did you find one?

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Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami (Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎ [ʔæbˌbɒːs kijɒːɾostæˈmi] ( listen); 22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016) was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer and film producer. An active film-maker from 1970, Kiarostami had been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker trilogy (1987–94), Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997) – which was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival that year – and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999). In his later works, Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012), he filmed for the first time outside Iran: in Italy and Japan, respectively. Kiarostami had worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer and had designed credit titles and publicity material. He was also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. He was part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Bahram Beyzai, Nasser Taghvai, Ali Hatami, Masoud Kimiai, Dariush Mehrjui, Sohrab Shahid Saless and Parviz Kimiavi. These filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialogue and allegorical storytelling dealing with political and philosophical issues.Kiarostami had a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary-style narrative films, for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras. He is also known for his use of Persian poetry in the dialogue, titles, and themes of his films. Kiarostami's films contain a notable degree of ambiguity, an unusual mixture of simplicity and complexity, and often a mix of fictional and documentary elements. The concepts of change and continuity, in addition to the themes of life and death, play a major role in Kiarostami's works. more…

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