Baran

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Released 2001

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Director:
Majid Majidi
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG
Baran is a 2001 Iranian romance written and directed by Majid Majidi. Latif (Hossein Abedini) is a 17-year-old Iranian man who has a job making tea and preparing food for construction workers in Tehran. When Najaf (Gholam Ali Bakhshi), an illegal Afghan laborer, falls and breaks his leg, the impoverished man sends his 14-year-old son Rahmat (Zahra Bahrami) to take his place at the construction site. When weak Rahmat seems to have difficulty doing manual labor, Memar (Mohammad Amir Naji), the site's manager, soon decides to let Rahmat take over Latif's job in the kitchen. Rahmat proves himself to be talented at making tea, sparking jealousy and anger in Latif, who now has to haul bags of plaster. Latif starts to bully Rahmat and play mean pranks on the boy in an attempt to make him quit his job. But when Latif makes the startling discovery that Rahmat is actually a girl, the revelation will change everything.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A superlative work, offering a rich emotional experience that at the same time calls attention to the seemingly endless suffering of the Afghan people.

  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The lovely clarity of this story, which seems to have been drawn from the literature of an earlier age, is well served by the artful subtlety of the telling. Mr. Majidi prefers ima...

  • 70

    Variety Deborah Young

    A fine cast brings the believable, sometimes humorous characters to life and gradually draws the viewer into a well-crafted, well-paced story.

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