Close-Up (1990) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
This is a complex masterpiece. It is so simple on the surface, but Kiarostami blends documentary and the fictional world of cinema to create a film with real emotions, real events and real people. It is the true story of an unemployed man that adores cinema pretending to be famed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to a family and promising them a chance to be in his film with their house as a set. Kiarostami films the trial of this man, which is real. But also films the mans arrest and release within a cinema context; using the real people as characters playing themselves.
It is fantastic, original and tragic. Maybe I found it sad because I saw myself in the man, and probably would do what he did too if I ever am unemployed, divorced and still living with my parents at 40.
Watch this film if you really like Film.