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Gabbeh

1996

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  • Gabbeh is nothing if not ravishing in terms of colors, landscapes, sounds, and fairy-tale evocations. Since it premiered in Cannes last year, I’ve seen it at least four times, each time without being able to follow every twist in its dreamy, multilayered plot, but I’ve never felt frustrated as a consequence. The film offers a treasure chest; it’s only after you total up the booty inside — assuming you consider this worth the trouble — that the contents seem meager.

  • Gabbeh exists because Gabbeh exists because gabbeh exists, and the act of storytelling to renew and retain ourselves is Makhmalbaf’s focus here, along with a crucial vibrancy: “life is color, love is color,” the whimsical uncle instructs an invisible classroom, pulling the hues of the sky and the stream literally into his skin.