Turmeric & Safran| Iranian Movie Inspired Menu
In recent years, I have developed an increasing appreciation for Iranian movies that began after watching the very touching movie باشوغریبه کوچک – Bashu, the Little Stranger for the first time. It was a movie that was like no other Iranian movie I’d seen before. It tells the story of a boy who loses his family in the war in the southern region of Khuzestan and runs away on the back of a truck to a village up north in Gilan, Iran. SinceBashu, I have viewed and enjoyed countless Iranian films. However, for this post I have only selected some of my all time favorites and I paired each with carefully chosen dishes I thought would fit the mood of the film based on the script or the characters. Since it has been an ongoing film awards season and the 2014 Oscars will be on this Sunday, I thought this would be the best time to write about some of my favorite Iranian movies and to match them with delicious recipes. I think it’s fun eating tasty and healthy foods while viewing movies with friends and family at home or at a dine-in theater.
I grew up in a tiny town in Khuzestan and we had no TV set or TV reception. However, there were three small movie theaters scattered about and going to the movies was one of the very few things we did for fun, especially during the hot summertime. My parents would prefer taking us to the movies with them than leaving us home alone. Any films they saw, good or bad, we saw as well. I remember sitting next to my mother watching Fellini’s film, 8 1/2, and being bored out of my mind and totally confused. Of course, there were no movie ratings back then prohibiting kids to watch certain movies. When there was a scary or inappropriate scene in the movie, my mother would cover my eyes or shout چشماتو ببند cheshmato beband (close your eyes). One of the highlights of going to the movies during the summer was eating as we watched the film in the outdoor movie theater. On those nights we would sit in the last row by the exit waiting for our food to arrive, which was usually a platter of kabob koobideh on taftoon bread. I think that was the best part of going to the movies back then.
The following movies are not listed in any particular order. I love every single one of these movies equally and I would highly recommend watching them if you haven’t seen them already. If you have not seen any of the movies please do not read any further as there might be some spoilers. Spoiler alert!
Where is the Friend’s Home? (1987)
خانه دوست کجاست ؟ – Where is the Friend’s Home? This movie is about a boy who gets home from school and finds out that he took his classmate’s notebook home by mistake. He sets out on a mission to try and return his classmate’s book because if his classmate does not hand in his homework on time he will be expelled. This boy’s kindness and empathy seems so genuine and touching throughout the film that you forget this is only a movie. We all need a friend like that! This movie is written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
Taste of Cherry (1997)
طعم گیلاس – Taste of Cherry is another great film by Abbas Kiarostami. This is an intense story of a man driving around looking for someone to bury him under a tree after he kills himself. I remember after watching this movie I could not stop talking about it for the next few days. It brought out a lot of emotions in me. As much as I love this movie, the superb acting, small conversations, the ending and even all the scenes driving on the dirt roads, I don’t think I’ll be able to watch it again any time soon.
Menu Suggestion: Khoresh Gheymeh, Polow-Rice, Mast o Khiar, Halva and Chai
The White Balloon (1995)
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