A Moment of Innocence

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A Moment of Innocence
A Moment of Innocence.jpg
Directed byMohsen Makhmalbaf
Produced byAbolfazi Alagheband
Written byMohsen Makhmalbaf
StarringMirhadi Tayebi
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Ali Bakhsi
Music byMadjid Entezami
CinematographyMahmoud Kalari
Edited byMohsen Makhmalbaf
MK2 Productions
Makhmalbaf Productions
Distributed byNFM Distributie
Release date
Running time
78 minutes
Box office$37,598 (US and Canada)[1]

A Moment of Innocence (Persian: نون و گلدون‎, Nūn o goldūn) is a 1996 film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It is also known as Nun va Goldoon, Bread and Flower,[2] Bread and Flower Pot, and The Bread and the Vase.[3]


The film is a semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a seventeen-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally and was jailed.

Two decades later, Makhmalbaf made the decision to track down the policeman whom he had injured in an attempt to make amends. A Moment of Innocence is a dramatization of that real event.


Critical reaction[edit]

Although the film was banned in Iran, Western critics were very positive toward the film. Mike D'Angelo called A Moment of Innocence "a dizzying hybrid of autobiography, documentary, and mythology,...[a] bold[]...testament to our innate decency and capacity for love," and said that it "ends with the greatest final freeze-frame since The 400 Blows -- maybe the greatest final freeze-frame ever.[3]" Stuart Klawans of The Nation said readers should contact him immediately "if [they] see another film with so urgent and complete an image of people's hurts, fears, needs and dreams.[4]" One of the few negative critical reactions came from Mick Lasalle of the San Francisco Chronicle, who called the film "grindingly dull," and "muddled and endless" and implied that Makhmalbaf's filmmaking was "self-indulgent, meandering, pointless and irritating.[5]"

In the 2012 Greatest Films of All Time critics' poll by Sight & Sound, A Moment of Innocence was ranked 235th among all films, making it tied with The House is Black, Where Is the Friend's Home?, and The Wind Will Carry Us as the second-highest ranked Iranian film (behind Close-Up).[6]


  1. ^ "A Moment of Innocence Box Office Data". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  3. ^ a b Mike D'Angelo (1997-07-07). "The Man Who Viewed Too Much". Archived from the original on 8 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  4. ^ Stewart Klawans (1999-11-11). "Innocents Abroad". The Nation. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  5. ^ Mick Lasalle (2000-03-10). "Everything Lost in the Translation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  6. ^ Sight & Sound Magazine. "A Moment of Innocence". BFI. Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-09-12.

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