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Tiny Snowflakes

Two men ward off loneliness and boredom while guarding a mine in rural Iran in "Tiny Snowflakes." Pic by Ali Reza Amini generates black comedy through repetition and knockabout. But without any real drama, "Snowflakes" becomes wearisome and looks to melt quickly beyond the fest circuit.

Two men ward off loneliness and boredom while guarding a mine in rural Iran in “Tiny Snowflakes,” which garnered a special mention from the jury for direction at this year’s Locarno festival. More stylized and conventionally fictional than Iran’s usual artsy fare, sophomore pic by Ali Reza Amini (“Letters in the Wind”) generates black comedy through repetition and knockabout. But without any real drama, “Snowflakes” becomes wearisome and looks to melt quickly beyond the fest circuit.

Curly-haired mute Kalleh is Harpo to his gruff, Groucho-esque, ski-hatted friend (unnamed in pic’s subtitles). The two spend their days running around a quarry, waiting for the courier to arrive with provisions, or hoping to get a glimpse of a woman walking down a distant road. When some miners finally arrive, the two treat them with suspicion. The little rituals, a walk-on from a gibbering idiot and overall sense of existential ennui and despair self-consciously recall “Waiting for Godot,” but without the yocks. Long shots of the stony, occasionally snow-dusted landscape add some visual appeal, and the discordant music contribs atmosphere.

Tiny Snowflakes

Iran

  • Production: A Documentary & Experimental Film Center production. (International sales: Sheherazad Media Intl., Tehran.) Produced, directed, written, edited by Ali Reza Amini.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Toraj Aslani; music, Mehrdad Nosrati. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (competing), Aug. 13, 2003. Running time: 76 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Mohsen Tanabandeh, Majid Bahrami.
  • Music By: