His is definitely an odd quest. For he has already dug his own grave in preparation for taking his life and now he's searching for someone to bury him. The possible candidates, a shy Kurdish solider and an Afghani seminarian, are understandably put off by this agitated stranger and his disturbing request. This, after all, is a Moslem country where suicide is strictly forbidden by the Koran.
Eventually an elderly taxidermist responds by trying to talk him
out of it and reminding him of the beauty of nature. To his credit
the director never gives reasons for the character's despair but the
impoverished, ugly landscape would depress anyone. The film is
increasingly compelling until Kiarostami pulls one of his favorite
tricks by showing his film crew. The effect is disconcerting for it
seems to make a mockery of the entire film.
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