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The Pear Tree (1998)

Derakhte Golabi (original title)
Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M".


Dariush Mehrjui


Dariush Mehrjui, Goli Taraghi (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Homayoun Ershadi ... Mahmoud
Golshifteh Farahani ... M
Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori ... Mahmoud's childhood
Nematollah Gorji Nematollah Gorji ... Old gardener
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahou Alagha Ahou Alagha ... Student
Sassan Bagherpour Sassan Bagherpour ... Mahmoud's young friend
Jafar Bozorgi Jafar Bozorgi ... Headman of a village
Shaghayegh Farahani
Aram Ghasemy Aram Ghasemy ... Student
Amir Ali Ghezelayagh Amir Ali Ghezelayagh
Shahram Haghighat Doost ... Student (as Shahram Haghighatdoost)
Rahman Hoseini Rahman Hoseini ... Young headman of a village
Jahangir Mirshekari Jahangir Mirshekari ... Uncle
Maryam Moghbeli Maryam Moghbeli ... M's Mother
Maliheh Nazari Maliheh Nazari ... Grand mother


Mahmoud (Homayoun Ershadi) is a successful writer and intellectual who retreats to his family's rural estate in order to overcome a severe case of writer's block. While there, he begins to contemplate his life, comparing it to a pear tree in the yard which has stopped producing fruit. From there, the film chronicles Mahmoud's memories of the past, including his love towards his adolescent cousin and his fervent hopes for the future. A searching examination of the Iranian middle class, as well as a touching insight into the frustration and ambition of a man trying to hold onto the dreams of days gone by, 'The Pear Tree' also marks the debut of internationally acclaimed actress Golshifteh Farahani. Written by IMVBox.com

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It's better to travel hopefully that to arrive
12 May 2001 | by k1_tahaeiSee all my reviews

There is a scene in this movie that M sweeps Mahmood's tears. This scene is the most romantic scene I have ever seen in a movie. We think if we reach to a point then there would be no pain, but when we reach, the pain still exists, in other forms. Mahmood always try to reach, but he gets nothing. As a teenager he tries to make M loves him. As a young man he tries to bring peace and comfort to the nation and as an adult he wants to be a famous writer, but in all of these periods he feels that this is not the thing he was searching for. As a teenager M asks him to steal, and Mahmood's mother punishes him. As an adult he has the mission for political hidden acts, and he ends up in jail. What if he could marry M? It would come to an ordinary life without love. He says: 'My best book is the one that I have not written' Similar things happen in different circumstances, but as growing older the problems get more difficult to solve. In his whole life he sees a web that reminds him as his life, he is bended in his thoughts.

I really love the first half of the movie and it is really nostalgic. Golshifte Farahani does a wonderful acting in her first experience. The music fits the movie, although it was not composed for it.

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Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Damavand, Tehran, Iran

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