By STEPHEN HOLDEN August 3, 2007
|****||.The Willow Tree examines the traumatic shocks experienced by a blind professor of literature whose eyesight is miraculously restored.|
The Star Ledger Aug 3, 2007
By Stephen Whitty
|****||A perfectly worked out story and a marvelous new step forward for Iranian director Majid Majidi. It is also, in some ways, yet another step forward for his country's cinema, a national art that grows more accomplished every year.|
Time Out New York August 28, 2007
|His gift for giving a cinematic texture to the emotional senses validates his work as a visionary"|
NEWSDAY Aug 3, 2007
|***1/2||A beautiful, strange film, deeply moving and no surprise from Majidi|
|Several reviews from Rottentomatoes||9/10||
A beautiful film, both simple and profound, which suggests
that bargaining with God is a bad idea in all cultural traditions.
The Willow Tree is a powerful and ultimately optimistic movie
that movingly suggests that life is what we make of it and that
the handicaps we think we have can actually turn
out to be blessings in disguise.
The Willow Tree is a spiritual masterpiece that deals with
subjects dear to the heart of Sufis and celebrated in the poems
and other writings of Rumi: gratitude, transformation, and surrender
Majidi presents us with a series of glistening tone poems.
Although the story is told through a blind man, the many dilemmas
portrayed could be the tale of any man's life.
By Juliet Huang, Singapore
|Show Business weekly||Vivid images, dramatic angles, vibrant colors and carefully orchestrated scenes tell a blind mans poignant story in Academy Award nominee Majid Majidis The Willow Tree. Review by Sara Hottman|
|Spark online||It is a deeply religious film, in the best sense of the worda moral fable that is not moralistic. Review by Carl Nillsson-Polias|
|The IndependentFilm.com ( Sept 2005)||The Willow Tree is one of the best examples of Existentialism as a narrative that I have seen...|