Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994)




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This Iranian movie about making movies wavers between a documentary and a fictional drama. It is the third in director Abbas Kiarostami's cycle of films that include Where Is My Friend's Home? and And Life Goes On. Like the others, this film is also set in northern Iran. An actor playing the director, tells the audience that he will be the only professional actor in the film. The Director selects a young woman, Tahereh, who was recently orphaned in the last earthquake to play the heroine. Mrs. Shivas, the non-nonsense assistant director keeps the actors on task and focused. She is especially picky about the appearance of Tahereh. Mrs. Shiva is assigned to prepare crew member Hossein to play the new hero. Trouble ensues because Tahereh has recently rejected Hossein's advances because he is poor and illiterate. She refuses to speak to him on camera or off. Hossein talks to the Director who subsequently changes the story; the two are now married. Hossein is a naturally gifted actor, but Tahereh cannot distinguish her role from reality and refuses to speak her lines. The Director changes the story again. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

On a purely intellectual level, it is fascinating film in relation to the others in the trilogy, but viewed on its own, it doesn't have much to offer.

October 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Warm, humane, and wryly funny, a bemused reverie on love and romance in an ever-evolving Iran.

October 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Patient and observant, with a brilliant awareness of various layers of creation and creativity, it's a great film.

September 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Scouring the community for actors, they inadvertently cast starcrossed youths Hossein and Tahereh as the leads. Their relationship lends a new level of reality that only undermines the film-within-a-film's carefully contrived verisimilitude.

August 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

... a marvelous glimpse into the working methods of Kiarostami, but that becomes merely one of the many layers of "reality" in this film.

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…

There's a reason Kiarostami is considered one of the best filmmakers in the world today, so that even one of his minor films cannot be easily dismissed.

June 18, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees)

Kiarostami continues to prove us that he is a genius in the way he interweaves reality and fiction, and even if this third Koker film may feel a bit redundant when placed side-by-side with the other two, there is something absolutely unique about what he is trying to do here.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

my least favorite of the trilogy is still great. the various layers, in jokes and reference to the previous films have become staggering by this time so don't approach without preparation (watching the other two films in the series)

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Expressive and staggeringly touching.The process of film-making and the various interactions by the members/crew,job and personal issues altogether.A brilliant finale,worthwhile as one of 90's magnificent finales.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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