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The Wind Will Carry Us review

Behzad (Bezhad Dourani) and colleagues arrives from Tehran at an isolated village in Iranian Kurdistan. The purpose of their visit is unclear: are they engineers, or archaeological treasure-hunters, or a TV crew, whose arrival is connected to the imminent death of 100-year-old Mrs Malek?

The latest feature from Abbas Kiarostami adheres to the Iranian director's credo that cinema shouldn't "pronounce judgements" but "raise questions". It's a compassionate, often amusing work: Dourani makes for a richly ambiguous protagonist, while crucial events remain off-screen, forcing the viewer to fill in the gaps.

Capturing the natural beauty of the landscape in long, uninterrupted takes, The Wind Will Carry Us is a moving examination of our common humanity.

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