Through the Olive Trees

Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Trees is one of the peaks of the Iranian new wave movement, which began around 1987 and ended in 2006. The movie is about a young and poor laborer who falls in love with a young and middle-class student. The laborer spends the entire film following the educated woman and making big promises—if they marry, he will be a good husband, he will give her all the intellectual freedom she needs, he will do all the work and she all of the reading. The ending of this film is, for me, the greatest ending in all of cinema.

by Charles Mudede
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Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Cast
Hossein Rezai, Tahereh Ladanian, Mohammad Ali Keshavarz