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Genres: Drama , Mystery , Romance
Actors: Abbas Sayah , Shaghayeh Djodat , Hossein Moharami , Rogheih Moharami , Parvaneh Ghalandari
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of, France
Year: 1996
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 (1526 votes)

An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two clean the rug. This young woman belongs to the clan whose history is depicted in the design of the gabbeh, and the rug recounts the story of the courtship of the young woman by a stranger from the clan.

Film Review

Repressive countries are by their nature, well, repressive. Freedom of speech is restrained and, thereby, styles of expression as well. This clearly creates a situation where the arts are stunted in their growth. A country with a particular policy would only want their artists to create art which makes sense to both the general population and the ideal the government wants to propagate to that population. To make a film about a contrary topic, or even in an unusual style, could confuse, offend, or subvert people, which the government would not want. Gabbeh, a film from Iran, is a good example of this, as it's very much a film of its place. It is mild, inoffensive, and contains numerous images of a tradition Iranian culture, depicted in a warm and perhaps domineering way. I would almost see it as a promotion of the country. Now the story of the movie follows young woman hoping to marry someone from another tribe, yet many different obstacles stand in her way, obstacles which may s…

Gabbeh, is a very different film from other movies I have seen. I did not enjoy this movie as much as I thought I would. This movie requires focus from the viewer if you missed five minutes or did not give full attention to the beginning of this movie you would be lost. There are three main actors in this film but two of them are playing the same character at different times in the film. This movie revolves around an elderly couple washing a rug that displays the heritage and life of the female's family. As they wash the rug the younger version of the female appears, and begins to tell her long heart wrenching story of being in love with a man that she could not marry. The girl is very sad that her dad will not give her permission to marry the man she is in love with. He stalls the approval and wedding ceremony by telling her that she will have to wait until her middle aged uncle gets married. However, her uncle had many criteria's that had to be met before he would take any…

I pretty much hated this film. I didn't really get the story until I was well within twenty minutes of the film. Yeah, I guess you can say that the colors were really nice. But if that is the basis of the film, if that is the only superb thing about it, then that is really really bad. And that is about what I thought of it. Colors were nice, but the overall film just sucked. It was beyond boring, half the time it is just this old man and old woman washing some rugs. It is completely uninteresting. I mean I guess it is just a generational thing but I mean if the story is even a little interesting I will pay attention and enjoy it. But this film was just not engaging, the story was not interesting. It is hard to appreciate a work of art, which is what I think the filmmaker was going for, without a decent, engaging story.