Tadjrebeh

Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 60 min

A fourteen-year-old boy, without roots or home, is in love from afar with a girl who lives in a wealthy district.  One morning, he comes to offer his services to the girl’s parents. There seems to be a ray of hope. But, that evening, he receives a negative response. What is Kiarostami’s young protagonist left with? An ‘idée fixe’: the girl’s face, which he felt was his after a single exchange of glances.

A fourteen-year-old boy is employed as general assistant in a photographer’s studio, where he is also allowed to sleep. From afar, he is in love with a girl who lives in a wealthy district. One morning, he comes to offer his services at the girl’s parents’ house. There seems to be a ray of hope. But that evening the answer is negative, and final… A sort of adolescent double of the young boy in Zang-e Tafrih , the young Mamad of Tadjrebeh has a different obsession: rather than his football, he is attached here to the face of a girl, the painful result of love at first sight. Rootless and homeless, Mamad is a body borne on the flux of the town, his nameless and aimless anguish soothed by a ride round the courtyard on his elder brother’s moped or the half-bare waist of a woman followed in the crowd… Counters, doors and windows punctuate this film of absence, as well as images: the photographs which the apprentice files and stamps, mirrors of elsewhere, of another possible world.

Laurent Roth

Translation BMP Translations

Duration
60 min
Year
1973
Country
Iran
Section
Port Franc
Language
Persian
Production
Les Films du Paradoxe