Iran is one of cinema's greatest stories, and I hope it gets more recognition for that in the future.
Also, for fellow fans of this film (Or The Silence, also by Makhmalbaf): Mick LaSalle gave scathing reviews to both films back in 2000. Choice quotes include:
"A Makhmalbaf double feature comes under the category of punishment."
"It would be easier to win a dance marathon than to make it…