For what turned out to be his crowning work, Abbas Kiarostami, the perdurable experimenter opted, for the first time in his career, to try his hand at animation. Some segments were filmed in color, the majority in black-and-white. Not a word was spoken, there is but a single movement of the camera (a tracking shot of a horse taken from inside a car), and with the exception of one of the 24 individual four-and-a-half minute narratives that make up the feature, no humans appear before the camera. Some frames ended in romance, one in death! Each segment presented a mystery of sorts, a question that sparked interest while advancing the narrative. Without a close-up to cut away to, Kiarostami gently worked his flair for compelling viewers to connect with an image, to scan the screen in anticipation of that one spot in the frame from whence new information might spring. Don't miss it. (2017) — Scott Marks
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