The Wind Will Carry Us ★★★★

Just imagine the kind of evocative and lyrical ruminations on life typically found in Kiarostami's works imbued with a picturesque tranquility that makes the whole thing flow as if it really is floating on air, then you're in the sort of space which The Wind Will Carry Us occupies. It's a relatively straightforward yet completely sincere story about a worker named Behzad assimilating to the culture and routine of the quaint village that he's been assigned to. We're never explicitly told his business so most of the narrative is simply following him as he interacts with the locals and rides around the countryside (often in a comedic attempt to get signal for his phone), his separation from the modern world seeing him gradually begin to embrace more traditional methods and accept the slower moments that life has to offer.

Although it lacks much in the way of propulsion, there is a gentleness and a warmth that comes from observing the inner workings of this rural community that is quite enchanting; glimpsing certain situations repeated on a daily basis deftly creates the feeling that we're just watching the lives of these people naturally occur. Kiarostami is immensely skilled at making us feel like invisible spectators via his unobtrusive camerawork, the measured pacing and the absence of non-diegetic music. All of this bleeds into the poeticism that runs through every frame; Behzad's recitals tie it all together, but the repetitive incidents glide along as if being read from a page. Even the labyrinthine village with its striking pastoral colours and spectacular surrounding landscapes is so vivid that you'd think it could only come from someone's imagination.

So much of the charm presented here comes from the thematic simplicity and the visual expressiveness. It's a film where you merely sit back and absorb the atmosphere, because the journey is more important than the destination.

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