Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 17, 1999. Original title: Tablo-e baray-e eshgh. Running time: 90 MIN.
With: Farrokh Nemati, Jahangir Almasi, Fateme Goudarzi, Jamshid Layegh.
A flour-faced character representing Death shows a hysterical artist how he’s wasted his life in “A Painting for Love,” an embarrassingly amateurish concoction demonstrating that not all Iranian pictures are worth watching. This silly clinker should disappear like a wave in the ocean.
Here the Angel of Death (Farrokh Nemati) is no Brad Pitt, but a pontificating figure in white rags who takes the time to escort a fiftyish artist-in-crisis (a staggering, gasping Jahangir Almasi) back to the muddy farm he left 33 years ago , to bewail the death of Mom and Dad and sigh after his long-lost fiancee. After much gnashing of teeth and self-reproaches, Death puts him back on the path of life. The confused story, “poetic” dialogue and atrocious acting are completed with symbolic extras like a chap playing a violin with a painting smashed over his head. Pace is deathly slow.