Baran
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Young Lateef works on a construction site in Tehran with some Turks and a few illegal Afghan workers. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, however, Lateef discovers Rahmat's secret--he is a girl named Baran. Latif's heart softens towards Baran and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. When govern... (Full plot summary below)

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Young Lateef works on a construction site in Tehran with some Turks and a few illegal Afghan workers. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and treats Rahmat cruelly. After one of his pranks, however, Lateef discovers Rahmat's secret--he is a girl named Baran. Latif's heart softens towards Baran and he shows his new affection for her by doing what he can to ease the hardships she suffers at work. When government inspectors force all Afghans to be fired from the site, Lateef discovers he cannot bear to be without her. Jeopardizing social standing and endangering his own well being, Lateef stops at nothing to save his love.

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Christian Science Monitor - 10/10 by David Sterritt Expressively filmed story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict.
Los Angeles Times - 10/10 by 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.
Boston Globe - 10/10 by Jay Carr Simple, but loaded. It celebrates the humanity and humanism at the heart of Iran's remarkable flow of films, but it's also more of a rebuke to materialistic values than any ideologue could ever hope to be.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 9/10 by Peter Rainer It's an elliptical tragedy in which the fate of its characters takes on a larger significance while never losing its intimacy.
The New York Times - 9/10 by 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 imagery to exposition, and his shots are as dense with meaning, and as readily accessible, as Dutch paintings.
Washington Post - 9/10 by Desson Thomson As in Chaplin's films, humor and tragedy dance a wonderful tango throughout the movie. Baran is heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes apart, sometimes together.
Washington Post - 9/10 by Ann Hornaday Majidi has discovered a wonderful cast of players to bring this gentle allegory to life, especially Naji as the irascible but generous Memar, who displays nearly perfect comic timing.
Charlotte Observer - 9/10 by Lawrence Toppman The director lingers over images, watching builders at work or Baran at her chores; the camera often seems to daydream, like Lateef. No grand climax caps the film, but the small incidents have a cumulative effect.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Michael Wilmington A film that uses beautiful tableaux and convincingly raw actors to build to a climax of shatteringly understated poignancy and power.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert The latest in a flowering of good films from Iran, and gives voice to the moderates there. It shows people existing and growing in the cracks of their society's inflexible walls.
USA Today - 9/10 by Mike Clark Majidi tells his simple story with dazzling vision.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 8/10 by Sean Axmaker The faces of its inarticulate characters tell the story, and Majidi has put some amazing faces on the screen.

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