Monday, May 24, 2010

Alley and Bread

Kiarostami, 1970, 10m, Iran

This short film, one of the first by the director, is a delightful human vignette about a child in whom you might see yourself. Returning home through the mud-caked street carrying a loaf, he is interrupted by a growling dog. He is alone, the sun baked street is empty. He looks here and there and is almost going to cry. Three mules with one rider clatter noisily by. A bicycle. He follows a bald man for some time, before the man disappears into a house. The dog has a change of heart and the pair proceed homeward together. The boy goes in. The dog squats outside the door. Another boy comes along. Dog growls.

It was a one-growl dog.

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