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Esmael Barari on set up of Dead Heat under the Shrubs. Photo by Behrouz Sadegi

 

 

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  • "A lesson in filmmaking by director Esmael Barari and a great performance by Leila Boushehri".

reviewed at CINEMA PARADISE Film Fest 04

 

  • "Iranian filmmaker Esmael Barari's "Dead Heat Under the Shrubs" is a "Lawrence of Arabia" meets "North By Northwest."
  • "Dead Heat under the Shrubs" has the simplest of plots, so the magic isn't found in the story but the sheer tension and the stark vistas of the desert. Barari's cinematography bathes the dawning desert in a gentle mystery entirely at odds with the frantic chase being played out.
  • Iranian filmmaker parlays Hitchcockian pursuit.

Star Bulletin, by Tim Ryan


Iranian Director Esmael Barari places Hitchcock-like chase movie among stark desert scenery. Farsi, with English subtitles obviously created by non-native speaker. Very good!

Sneaking Suspicions [ Archives-- November 7-13, 2004 ], Fritz Schranck

 

 

  • Drenched in beautiful, naturally-lit cinematography, this unorthodox thriller is deceptively simple. As the boy's knowledge of the terrain, and the aging woman's disorientation become more apparent, the audience begins to question who is the hunter and who is the hunted - they may find themselves thinking that Barari is the unvarnished offspring of Kiarostami and Hitchcock.
  • If you know what that means, you will enjoy this independent Persian offering.

2005 INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

 


Iranian storytellers have produced some of the best films ever made about the lives of children. Dead Heat Under the Shrubs, by new director Esmael Barari, throws a seemingly innocent boy together with a sketchy older woman to produce a taut, 71-minute tale of suspense.

http://www.indianapolisfilm.net/ Monday, April 18 2005 - Contributed by: Diana Lucy Rooks

 

 

  • The latest product of Iran's film industry is Lawrence of Arabia meets North By Northwest with more than a little Wacky Races thrown in.
  • This is a film with the simplest of plots, but the magic is not to be found in the story, but in the rhythms of the sheer butt-clenching tension, as well as the stark vistas of the serene and silent sands.
  • Experienced filmmaker Esmael Barari's beautiful cinematography bathes the dawning desert in a gentle mystery entirely at odds with the frantic chase being played out on its canvas.
  • In short, it's a minor gem of a film.

12th RAINDANCE Film Festival's comment, Read entire article

 

 

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