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Poet of the wastes - Shaere zobale-ha (2005)|
Date of birth:
12 April 1962, Yazd, Iran
Japan | Iran
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
The pain and pull of unrequited love, the fight to maintain dignity while living with broken dreams in poverty, and the loneliness while living in the midst of millions – is what makes this film universal.
With a spare, conceptual screenplay by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the grandfather of Iranian cinema, comes a remarkable debut from director Mohammad Ahmadi.
This is an unusual fare from Tehran: a film whose intent is to steer absolutely clear of political commentary.
The protagonist, a self-conceived street cleaner-fortune teller, adeptly portrayed by Farzin Mohades, collects what others have discarded, and in so doing takes the audience on a romantic adventure in which he encounters a beautiful girl and a poet.
Poet of the wastes (2005) - Clip with English subtitles
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so they say. In this whimsical narrative, it just might be that one neighborhood’s trash is, in the hands of a silent observer, the stuff of poetry.
In the streets of Teheran, a street-sweeper-poet learns the most intimate secrets of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood, when he examines their bags of rubbish. One day he finds a desperate letter from a woman.
Poet of the wastes (2005) - The Movie
He begins to write to her and follows her every morning to an embassy where she is waiting for a visa so that she can leave the country.
He nurtures romantic love without finding the courage to declare himself. From the bags of rubbish, the frustrations of the other street-sweepers, the endless queues for the visa, the malaise and concerns of Iranian society are exposed in tragicomic and poetic tones.
An unnamed young nebbish (Farzin Mohades), struggling as a street cleaner, comes across rejected poems by a housebound writer (Mohammad Eskandari) and the first drafts of letters written by a woman (Leila Hatami) to her brother.
Anonymously delivering the poems to the woman's house, the cleaner attempts to win her heart by passing them off as his own.
Pic accurately catches the desperation of working poverty but Mohades' whining voice soon grates. Hatami's turn as the woman is boosted by the enchanting music of Tajikistani composer Daler Nazarov ("Luna Papa") that coincides with the actress's every appearance. Helming and all tech credits are clean. -- Variety
Cast: Leila Hatami ...................... Girl
Farzin Mohades .................. Main Actor
Mohammad Eskandari ........... Poet
Mohammad Ali Dashti
Abolfazle Shah karam
Selected filmography of Mohammad Ahmadi
- Poet of the wastes - Shaere zobale-ha (2005)
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