Taste of Cherry

Taste of Cherry, written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, tied for the Palme d'Or upon it's release in 1997, and for good reason, despite it's polarized reception by Western critics. Roger Ebert called it “excruciatingly boring,” and I think this is one time where Pat and I disagree with our favorite film critic.

Taste of Cherry is a minimalist, emotional meditation on life and what makes it worth living (or not) framed in long shots of a series of conversations between a potential suicide and the men he tries to hire to bury his body. There's a lot to unpack – the film is so minimal that the viewer often has to project motive, if nothing else – and because of that this may be the first episode where Pat and I spend the majority of our time dissecting theme and motif.