THE PLOT THUS FAR
Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Wind Will Carry Us” opens on three men leaving Tehran and heading to the country for a funeral. Behzad is an engineer and he spends most of his time trying to understand death and how life can be so slow in this small town. Everything makes him edgy, as he tries to find a way to improve the lives of this community. There are moments of levity, as Behzad struggles to get a cell phone call in this desolate region. When he actually manages to make a call, he has to keep telling the call that the dying relative hasn’t died yet.
Iranian Cinema might ask a lot of outside viewers. If anything, I view most of their cinema in the same scope as Samuel Beckett. So many movies from that region demands that the view understand the character’s quest for defined humanity. To say that the film is enigmatic is an understatement. If anything, we can follow recurring themes in the film to start and hammer down where the narrative might be going. While the path is unclear, we find something that resembles reality in Iran and even in the Western world. Civility has taken humanity so far away from its roots that any time to go back to nature is met with failure.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentary, trailer and interview as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong for a 15 year old foreign film making its Blu-Ray bow. The 1080p transfer is smooth, but there are moments when the background is too glaring. The 2.0 LPCM also does amazing work with the dialogue and channel separation. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 07/22/2014