Close-Up ★★★★

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up" reminded me very much of Louis Malle's "My Dinner with Andre", in the sense that both films were excellently written character studies with incredibly engaging and reflective dialogue, despite being very flawed on the technical level. I guess it's understandable that the camera equipment wasn't at all state-of-the-art, since this movie came out of Iran, which is not exactly a First World country. Taking this into account, I was able to really enjoy this riveting, empathetic, documentary-like exploration of the poor Hossain Sabzian, the so-called fraud artist who simply wanted to put himself in the shoes of the only man who understood his suffering-- his favorite director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. This story was so thought-provoking it went as far as to inspire the whole sequence of dreams I had the night of. Highly recommended for anyone who can see past the struggling technicalities and inferior video quality.