Recess ★★★★

My review of The Bread and Alley is now extra-true.

I wish there were careful restorations of Kiarostami’s early shorts, as Criterion has done with other prominent filmmakers. Not sure why Abbas doesn’t get the same treatment, they’re such wonderful glimpses into his aesthetic palette. Here is a frame within a frame (literally) in the opening credits, the clashing of youth with reality, the emphasis of emotional experience over plot development. And has there ever been anyone as deft as Kiarostami in directing young children?