As always with the generous cinema of Kiarostami, what one is seeing comes down to what one has already seen. This premise takes on overwhelming new dimensions when applied to the final entry in his Koker trilogy. Take for instance the sequence wherein we watch Hossein and the Director (now actor) work through several takes of their conversation, which we have already seen play out in full in And Life Goes On… Shortly thereafter, we watch Hossein climb the stairs and make himself a seat next to Tahereh and drink tea with her. What’s so striking about this is that…

Very Long Baseline Interferometry

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