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In this Iranian psychodrama from Dariush Mehrjui, a renowned author (Homayoun Ershadi) is suffering from writer's block. In flashbacks, we return to the bright and colorful Tehran of his childhood in the late 1940s, when a shy 11-year-old boy was completely in awe of his 14-year-old cousin (Golshifteh Farahani). She was a tomboy, but also a ravishing beauty--and now she's his muse. With The Pear Tree, or Derakhte Golabi, Mehrjui offers a haunting, autobiographical account of childhood and a testament to the power of memory. Winner of the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. In Persian with English subtitles.

Dariush Mehrjui---Iran---1998---96 mins.