If a magician explains his trick, does it ruin the trick? Also, who wouldn’t want to listen to Kiarostami talk about his wizardry for 90min? Similar to Tarkovsky’s VOYAGE IN TIME (1983), 10 ON TEN finds the auteur waxing poetic and philosophical about his films, techniques and ethereal processes. It feels like special feature material on a DVD, a private session with a mastermind addressing us from the driver’s seat of his car (his favorite place), just casually discussing his brand of cinematic storytelling.
Part essay, part lecture, we sit shotgun with the master as he breaks down each element of his approach, ranging from his aesthetics, production and moral vision, to the freedom he found by shooting digital that he would exclusively champion down the road. Even when the guy’s waxing reductive, he still manages to be a mystery. Truly a fascinating, singular individual. Won’t be necessary viewing for all cinephiles, but for Kiarostami completionists it’s a must.