In 2015, I watched a lot of Iranian films. Some were amazing, and like any fairly large body of work, there are some stinkers. Luckily, the feature film the hill of kites is one of the best examples of Iranian film I've seen in years.
The story centers around a Sergeant Major who has children write their wishes on kites and then fly them. young Amirali writes Maryam's name on his kite. This is the beginning of a long-run film that follows these characters and how they evolve, explore the space between one another, and their feelings. This film is a full investigation of how children form attachments, and how duty plays into every life across stretches of time. That one sentiment makes the film a emotional powerhouse, but when you combine that fact with the incredible cinematography, and the precise camerawork. There are some lovely locked-down static camera shots that really enforce the characters and the content of their existence.
Director / Writer Ali Delgoshaee presents a wonderful film that plays across the screen with remarkable clarity and impact. This is one of the best films I've seen in years.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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