04/16/2014  
Longmire: Season 2 on DVD May 13Transformers Energon: The Complete Series on DVD May 6American Jesus on DVD May 13Bad Country on Blu-ray & DVD Apr 29Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Clips and Web Sites and More!Call Me Crazy: A Five Film on DVD May 6Living Things: A Vegan vs. Meat Debate Movie on DVD Apr 15

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Brad Pitt to Star as General Stanley McChrystal in Afgh...
First Trailer for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl,' Featurin...
Autopsy: Ultimate Warrior died of heart disease ...
Longmire: Season 2 on DVD May 13...
Transformers Energon: The Complete Series on DVD May 6...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

RR Rich Rosell

THE GIRL...
THE HORDE...
LIFE IS SWEET (BLU-RAY)...
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)...
THE BLUE ANGEL (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'ÈtÈ)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

DVD Review: THE WHITE MEADOWS
(KESHTZAR HAYE SEPID)



Studio: The Global Film Initiative
Year: 2009
Cast: Hassan Pourshirazi, Younes Ghazali, Mohammad Rabbani, Mohammad Shirvani, Omid Zare
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Release Date: January 08, 2013
Rating: Not Rated for (adult themes)
Run Time: 01h:33m:03s
Genre(s): foreign

“So, what were you doing in my boat?” - Rahmat (Hasan Pourshirazi)

THE WHITE MEADOWS

Buy Now @ Amazon

 
  

While I'm not the world's #1 expert on Iranian film, this supposedly dreamy film promises to be far more than simply a take on the country's current political and social state.

Movie Grade: A-

DVD Grade: D

International cinema recently took us on a rather harrowing ride on a boat in 2012’s Life of Pi. A few years back, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof took us on a much more subdued trip along international waters. Rasoulof’s film, 2009’s The White Meadows (Keshtzar Haye Sepid) tells the tale of Rahmat (Hasan Pourshirazi), a boatman who spends his days traversing the waters of his coastal land, collecting the tears of heart- broken people who see him as a savior of sorts. Such a simple-sounding story is taken to surprisingly deep emotional depths right off the bat, as Rasoulof casts a dreamy atmosphere over the proceedings, and maintains this feeling throughout. Seeing The White Meadows seemed like an actual dream, until now, as The Global Film Initiative has finally made it available on domestic home video via this new DVD release.

Rasoulof’s film is at times dour, but it maintains a refreshing, mystical quality, thanks to Rahmat’s tear collection, and the mystery behind what, if anything, he does with them. It turns out to be a perfect blend of drama and mysticism when Rahmat finds a young boy (Younes Ghazali) posing as a dead body on his boat, in order to find his missing father. Rahmat initially plans to cast him away, but he agrees to allow him to accompanying him if the boy agrees to pose as his deaf and dumb son. Rasoulof essentially takes us along for the ride with Rahmat and the boy as they come across a hopeful old woman, a young virgin who is forced to marry the ocean, and an artist whose family has disowned him after making sure he was properly blinded, among other encounters. This journey culminates in an excellent ending that is both ambiguous and, if interpreted in one way in particular, shocking, to say the least. This is a mind-bending, fantastic cinematic journey that shouldn’t be missed.

Unfortunately, The Global Film Initiative’s DVD is problematic, thanks in large part to an extremely flawed video presentation. Presented in its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio, this anamorphic transfer is severely lacking in image detail and features extremely drab colors, both of which are a real shame, as it appears that the cinematography is quite well-done. The 35mm print that this transfer was sourced from seems to be the root of the problems, as we’re also subjected to the appearance of numerous, random black and white dots, edge enhancement, and scratches that are all-too distracting. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio is far from great, but it much more appealing than the disc’s video. The mix isn’t very dramatic, but the film’s excellent dialogue is always crystal clear. Other than a “Global Lens Trailer,” there aren’t any extras here.

Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - March 3, 2013, 11:47 am - DVD Review
Keywords: dreamlike, boatman, gods




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 





Covered California

Keywords

movie, brad pitt, general stanley mcchrystal, the operators, afghanistan war film, david michod, gone girl gillian flynn, ben affleck, rosamund pike, elvis costello, she, nine inch nails, trent reznor, atticus ross, gone girl's score, celebrity, television, ultimate warrior, james hellwig, wrestler, heart disease, world wrestling entertainment hall of fame, animation, hbo, game of thrones, jack gleeson, king joffrey baratheon, the purple wedding, documentary, movies, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, shailene wookley, veronica roth, allegiant, divergent, insurgent, the croods, nicolas cage, joe, david gordon green, tye sheridan, late night, late show, david letterman, stephen colbert, comedy central, the colbert report, julia louis-dreyfus, seinfeld, heep, rolling stone magazine, crime, comedy, angelina jolie, big men, maleficent, unbroken, mickey rooney, a-list teenage star, andy hardy, judy garland, ava gardner, box office, indie, superheroes, captain america: the winter soldier, marvel universe, chris evans, samuel l. jackson, scarlett johansson, late night talk, ellen degereres, tina fey, conan o'brien

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too
Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact