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Bashu, the Little Stranger

 

(Bashu, gharibeye koochak) Director: Bahram Bayzai, IR, 1990, Persian verison / English and Czech subtitles, 120 min

Bahram Bayzai’s renowned film Bashu, the Little Stranger, a story about the integration of a member of an ethnic minority, is often considered the best Iranian film ever. The young orphan Bashu leaves the war-torn south, hitching a ride in the back of a truck. Arriving in the northernmost part of Iran, his different physical appearance and language rouse the attention of the local villagers. The post-war trauma and the boy’s visions of his dead family are placed in direct contrast to the peaceful landscape, which is shot using a moving camera. The rhythmic soundtrack accompanying Bashu’s ritual game, the imitation of birds, or shouting to scare away a wild boar amplify the intense relationship between man and nature.


 

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