Abbas Kiarostami takes meta-narrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of The Koker Trilogy
. Unfolding âbehind the scenesâ of And Life Goes On
, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actorsâa young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife, even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with himâcreates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, Through the Olive Trees
peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality.
- An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire