Crimson Gold

Synopsis: For Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, the imbalance of the social system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. One day when his friend, Ali, shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein discovers a receipt of payment and cannot believe the large sum of money someone spent to purchase an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. His job allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in, for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. But one night, Hussein tastes the luxurious life, before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Jafar Panahi
Production: Wellspring Media
  4 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

What do you want?

- Where's the jewelry? l have a gun.

- ln the safe.

- Give me the key.

- What key?

l don't have a key.

The key or l'll shoot.

- ln the drawer.

- Which drawer?

- l know your voice.

- l'll shoot if you turn.


lt's locked!

l don't have the key.

- Give it to me!

- Watch it!

Move it!

lt's in my pocket.

Hand it over. Hurry up!


- Give it to me!

- No!

You'll regret this!

l'll shoot you.

- Let's go.

- Where?

- Where to?

- Downstairs.

Hello, Mr. Vaziri. You opened early today.

What are you doing here?

- Get in here!

- Help! Thief!

That old goat hit the alarm.

What did you do, Hussein?

Why did you shoot?

He's with the other one! Help! He killed him!


Call the police!

He killed him!

Get out of here, you bastards!

Go away!

Go away!


You bastards...

Go to hell!

You can't stay here!

Stay calm!

l'm with you!

That's his accomplice!

Go away, bastards! l'll shoot.

He's completely crazy!

What's wrong with you?


- Hey, man.

- Where were you?

l spent two hours in line.

They wanted you there in person.

Did you get it, finally?

Of course, l got it. Who do you think l am?

l almost gave up.

l waited for two hours. lt was a mess.

l said without this paper

you couldn't marry my sister.

A real effort!

l don't understand.

Me neither.

Doctor said everything's fine.

Be happy.

What's that?

Found a purse. Didn't check it out yet.

Yeah, right in front of you.

l can't hear you.

Yes, in front.

Did you hear me?

l can't hear you. Bye!

And this is for us. Why is it cut?

Guess marriage made her fat.


See how much this necklace cost?

lt's marked 75, and 1, 2, 3...

six zeros!

What does that make?

You're joking.

No, l would never.

This is a receipt for 75 million.

''Necklace made in ltaly.

For Mrs. Roxanne Mazaheri.''

Can l sit down?


You want to humiliate me?

You know my situation.

l would never do that.

Especially not to you!

Plus, that woman paid for it herself.

Let's not argue over this.

How many months of work is that?

Depends on you.

Looks like you hit the jackpot.

lf l may...

in any job, precision is a must.

lf not, it goes wrong.

lt takes professionalism...

and still something else.

Do you know what?



l would say honesty.

lt's the same thing.

Am l bothering you?

No, we love to listen.

Honesty is the basis for all professions.

Even yours.

lt's a widespread profession.

There are millions of you in the world.

Last year, when l was in Europe...

one of your colleagues...

Actually, one of ''our'' colleagues.

He went after my wallet.

Obviously needed it more than me.

He lifted it.

You know what?

lt all existed before us. lt will all go on after.

Among those who do it...

some get caught up in the game.

They get moody, start feeling guilty.

l've rarely seen guys as open as you.

But you're not alone,

not alone in this profession.

You can add me to the list.

lt's easier...

to count those who aren't on the list.

''lf you want to arrest a thief,

you'll have to arrest the world.''

Have one...

Among all of our colleagues...

only the most honest really succeed.

These cigarettes are too strong!

Last week,

some guys stole a woman's purse.

They found...

pocket change and 4 bus tickets.

l insulted them with every name in the book.

They traumatized her.

Just for some pocket change.

Now she'll flip

as soon as she hears a motorbike.

She held on to her purse.

They dragged her for 50 meters.

Know exactly what you're doing

before you actually do it.

Evaluate the consequences.

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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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