Ken Suzuki’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is my first Kiarostami film and all I can say about him is he's an absolute legend.
Close-Up is a literal masterpiece of cinema. It's a fiction-documentary hybrid that tells the story of the real-life trail of Hossain Sabzian who impersonated film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Kiarostami is an absolute genius and skilled man. The court scene is basically a real video from the court with no production or direction, but all the questions Kiarostami asks Hossain are on point what the film is. When we're going on to interview someone, of course, we define gonna plan on what you'll be saying in the real situation, but some questions of Kiarostami are clearly an improvised line such as "Now that you've played this part, do you think you're a better actor than director?"
And the fictional part that filmed later is amazing. In the beginning of the movie it tells the story through a taxi driver that waited in front of the house where we had no idea what was going on in there and the film slowly reveals the plot later and the film also uses non-linear storytelling which turns out perfectly. The film focuses on deceit and truth, including the fact that some parts of the film were made up and some parts actually happened. And also Sazian, some part of him, is deceit, such as he pretending to be Makhmalbaf, but his desire and love in art and film is true and his will to shoot a film at Ahankhah home is real and he even thinks he's actually the director himself, which I'm not gonna assume that he has mental illness or not.
After all, this film is definitely one of the best films of all time. And Abbas Kiarostami was a master of art-house in the 90s.