Quick-Thoughts: Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Tree (1994)

Abbas Kiarostami Marathon Part IV of VI

The Kiarostami cinematic universe is getting out of control. 

Abbas Kiarostami’s outputs always seem destined to putting a colossal microscope over anything, extracting compelling stories in, what may seem like at first, the smallest of everyday objects or human affairs. Through the Olive Trees is a movie that literally exists within the filming process of one scene in Kiarostami’s previous feature-length, And Life Goes On. In this final tale in The Koker Trilogy, life surrounding the citizen actors of the production are given grounded exploration, connecting the conflict they face in reality with the effected performances they melt into a director’s fictional world. 

Verdict: A-

A Meditation on the Everyday (Kiarostami Ranked)

“Through the Olive Tree” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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