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Taste of Cherry is a 1997 Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami. The film concerns a middle-aged man named Mr. Badii who plans to commit suicide. Mr. Badii drives aroung Tehran trying to find someone to bury him after he dies.

It won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.


  • Call-Back: Badii says that the happiest time in his life was when he was in the army. The film's Gainax Ending references this.
  • Driven to Suicide: The taxidermist in the past, and Mr. Badii in the present. Interestingly, it's never explained why.
  • Gainax Ending: After the Turkish taxidermist agrees to bury Mr. Badii after he commits suicide Badii goes and lies down in his grave. After a period of darkness, the film cuts to a shot of the people making the film. The actor who plays Mr. Badii hands a cigarette to Kiarostami while some soldiers sit around.
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  • Minimalism: The film is mostly just shots of Mr. Badii's car driving and Mr. Badii talking with people. The film also refuses to divulge Mr. Badii's reason for wanting to commit suicide or any background information about him.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In Mr. Badii's first attempt, he sounds like he is propositioning the young soldier for sexual favors. It's a sign that he's so caught up in his own despair that he doesn't notice how he comes across to other people.
  • Rule of Three: Mr. Badii attempts to convince three different people to bury him after he dies.
  • Title Drop: Almost. The Turkish taxidermist tells a story about how he attempted to commit suicide but changed his mind after tasting mulberries.