At Five in the Afternoon

Lately I watched some movies, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to check out reviews or write my opinions about them. I will try to catch up 🙂

At five in the afternoon.
Ah, that fatal five in the afternoon!
It was five by all the clocks!
It was five in the shade of the afternoon!

Federico García Lorca

“At Five in the Afternoon” is a 2003 film by Iranian writer-director Samira Makhmalbaf. She took the name from the Spanish poem (above) which is recited more than once throughout the movie.

What’s interesting about this movie?

  1. It tells the story of an ambitious young woman trying to gain an education in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Taliban.
  2. Samira (the director) is 28 years old
  3. She shot the movie in Kabul when she was 23 years.
  4. It was the first film to be shot in Kabul after the NATO invasion.
  5. The film premiered at Cannes in 2003 and was awarded the Jury Prize.

Is it a good movie? mmmm I can’t say so, but it is definitely watchable. Samira is definitely a good director. Don’t watch it with the attitude of seeking entertainment though. It’s a bit slow and pessimistic.

At five in the afternoon.
It was exactly five in the afternoon.
A boy brought the white sheet
at five in the afternoon.
A frail of lime ready prepared
at five in the afternoon.
The rest was death, and death alone.

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