Brendan’s review published on Letterboxd:
“If you look at the four seasons, each season brings fruit. In summer, there's fruit, in autumn, too. Winter brings different fruit and spring, too. No mother can fill her fridge with such a variety of fruit for her children. No mother can do as much for her children as God does for His creatures. You want to refuse all that? You want to give it all up? You want to give up the taste of cherries?”
This was the last film I ever saw with Eli Hayes before his tragic death. After he passed, I immediately bought this a few days after processing his death. Eli died a few days after my birthday so I was feeling a lot of stuff given the circumstances of my birthday being during a global virus and losing a friend. What I loved this time, especially showing this to my cousin is how Abbas Kiarostami never delves into pessimism or misery, but empathy and understanding into a man who you never know his reasons for his actions, but you don’t want any harm done to him. You don’t even care why he wants to end his life, because that isn’t the important question here, the question isn’t “Why do you want to die?”, it’s “Why don’t you want to live?”
I’m still in disbelief that this was Homayoun Ershadi’s first performance in a movie ever, one of the greatest performances ever done in the history of film. My cousin was impressed with how the film was shot and just the small beautiful moments, like random workers coming to help Mr. Badii get his car back onto the road. She also helped me finally understand the ending and it really made this such a relevatory viewing. Abbas Kiarostami will forever be missed. One of the greatest artists of all time.