There’s a reason why Allaah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) loves those who have sinned and repented, for they have the softest of hearts. They embrace new beginnings and are driven by a force to become better people, to make up for their mistakes. They are compassionate and forgiving towards others because they have been there and they have been humbled by their own experiences. Those are the people who convey hope, show mercy and guide others to the right path. Their sins become blessings in disguise because they renew their promises to Allaah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), and work harder to please Him than they ever did before. They are reborn in the most beautiful of ways.
“The reason I like this film is that even I, the filmmaker, get confused as to which parts were fiction and which documentary. It’s as if the film doesn’t belong to me, as if it had made itself; the main character was so strong, it was I who was being told what should be done. And when I saw the film, I realised it was not an artificial creation, but different; it increased my responsibility as a filmmaker. Cinema is no longer the panoramic experience it once was, with big budgets; cinema is -or ought to be- about analysing individual human experience, and how you can find yourself within that subjectivity. After making this film, I realised how I could identify with each of the characters, and how much of myself was in them.”
– Abbas Kiarostami, Close-Up (Nema-ye Nazdik 1990)