IMDB Comment: Think of it as Iranian neo-realism, except without squalid poverty or the second act dramatic turnaround of Jafar Panahi's The Mirror. This follows three Iranian teens, one of whom works in a tailor's shop. A new suit is being made for a fourth, upper-class teen and his two friends both want to borrow it. Inevitable complications arise. For 52 minutes, Kiarostami follows his subjects through work and play, constantly shooting their mouths off and trying to avoid getting in trouble with their guardians. This is a fascinating look at life before the revolution with a generous dose of humor. Kiarostami has said that if his film cans could talk, this one would say, "Why did you make me this length?" The barely hour long running time ensures that this perfect little gem will never get the exposure it deserves.
Through almost purely visual means, Kiarostami creates an O. Henry–like story of a wedding suit "borrowed" from the tailor's for a night, and uses it to explore the world of working youths in the shops and streets of Tehran. To outward appearances, the boys in question have only to wait on adults, delivering tea from the cafe or being a tailor's assistant. But with adults out of earshot, an active subculture thrives, a hive of youthful desire for that which is perceived as unattainable, whether it is a girl, as in The Experience, or, in this film, a bespoke suit made for a middle-class mama's boy but coveted by the fast-talking street kids who give the film its life, its pathos, and its subtle class message. —Judy Bloch
English subtitle Included.