Stranger Says: The well-to-do, middle-aged Tehranian man has the saddest face ever, as he drives a Land Rover around the dusty city, looking for someone to bury him after he kills himself. This is the whole story. He offers a lift to a stranger, talks with them for a little bit, and then asks them to do this awful task (for money) after he puts a bullet in his head. He has already dug the hole, so the job will be pretty easy. All that needs to be done is to roll his corpse into the hole and cover it with dirt. The film enters the zone of existential philosophy when one stranger finally accepts the offer (he badly needs the money). It is not an exaggeration to say that this is one of the greatest Iranian films ever made, and its director, Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away last year, played a leading role in developing the program, tone, and mode of this country’s distinctive cinema.
by Charles Mudede