Kurdish Film Review: Shirin
"Shirin", a film directed by Abbas Kiarostami, takes a whole different take on films and film making as it goes through 92 minutes of the individual reactions of an audience watching a film. Quite paradoxical and strange as it may seem, an audience watching an audience watch a movie, the film actually explores the depth of human nature and the connection the audience has with the film. The audience was composed over a 100 different prominent and well-known actresses.
In an interview with Khatereh Khodaei from "Offscreen", Abbas Kiarostami answers the question of where he found the inspiration to create such a film and developing more insight and perspective on the film.
"I believe this work features two movies. I mean, we don’t look at the production in the abstract; rather, we look at its impact on audiences. This is a very old phenomenon evident in some other films I have directed. For instance, in Under the Olive Trees the moment there is an argument between Ms. Shiva and Hussein with the construction worker who has dropped the bricks, we see the traffic jam without actually seeing it. I mean on their faces we see the whole atmosphere without seeing the actual congestion. It is the case in several recent productions of mine. We see the film through the impact it has on people who are watching a movie."