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(aka "Keshtzar haye sepid" )

 

directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Iran 2009

 

Rahmat rows from island to island collecting tears of people who believe he has to power to absolve the dead of their sins (although they have no idea exactly what he does with the tears); the excess of which has been the cause attributed to the increasing saltiness of the sea. While rowing a body out to sea, Rahmat ends up acquiring a young traveling companion in search of his missing father. Posing as Rahmat's deaf and dumb son (so as not to violate the confidences of Rahmat's clients), the boy accompanies Rahmat on his journeys during which they encounter an old woman (who believes the discover of her dead husband's shoe washed up on the beach is a good omen), a virgin forced to become a bride to the sea, a dwarf who must descend into a well carrying petitions (bottled breaths of the villagers) to a fairy before the sun sets, and an artist temporarily blinded and disowned by his family for painting the sea red.

Despite the film's focus on superstitions and religious beliefs, THE WHITE MEADOWS is not a film about magic realism. We are offered no visual evidence of the success of the villagers' appeals to fairies and gods, only the tragic effects of practices believed to have been botched (while others remain to be seen, but outside of the perspective of the protagonist and thus the audience); and the revelation of what Rahmat does with the tears is open to interpretation but most of them (including my own) will be more cynical than optimistic.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: September 19th, 2009 - San Sebastián Film Festival

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DVD Review: The Global Film Initiative (The Global Lens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution

The Global Film Initiative

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:33:00 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Farsi Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Global Film Initiative

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Global Lens Trailer
• About the Global Lens Collection
• DVD-ROM: Film Discussion Guide (.pdf)

DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Although a fairly recent production, The Global Film Initiative's single-layer, anamorphic, interlaced DVD is taken from a somewhat battered 35mm projection print. Black and white spots are a regular occurrence, as are large green scratches (as well as some gouges in the place of reel change hole punches). This damage (and edge enhancement) does not take away from the film's ravishing images, but there has to be a better transfer.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio fares better. The English subtitles are optically burned-in suggesting that the source was meant for projection rather than mastering for digital and video venues. The Global Film Initiative's extras are the usual PDF guide and the usual Global Lens trailer and web info.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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