A Note on “The Hole”, Written And Directed By Ali Karim
Gholamreza Is the Most Important Part of the Film
Art and Experience-Fariba Ashouei: Gholamreza became alone in his town after the earthquake. His new address is the abandon road of Sabz Tappeh and a ruined café. He got married to a young wife who has a same destiny like him, loneliness put them beside each other, but Gholamreza always feel ashamed and unsecured of his marriage to the young girl. As a mechanic he works during days in the abandon road and his hope to hear from his son who works in Japan, remains him alive. “The Hole” challenges habits and routines at first look. From the very first sequence in opening the film narrates its unique way of thinking and their reaction in special situation by roaming in the minds of characters. Before and after of these characters have tied to road, so the road is the bed for making these events. Undoubtedly, road is the life itself. Road is the way that we pass it in our lifetime while we experience unpredictable events through; events that we maybe count them as the holes of life. Stories of the passengers with their different concerns tie to the stories of Gholamreza, the crane and the garage when they fall into the hole of the abundant road. Passengers of the road are the passengers of the life road who tell their stories of lives and routines to the audience. As you see the lost people in the road, you see the challenges in the film; challenges that Gholamreza experiences them every day but the director never enter them. He forces his audience to see alone and pass alone like when we pass a road and see whole the road in passing. The only thing remains for the audience is Gholamreza himself and a hole which is his mate. Gholamreza is in between good and bad but his audience believes and feels sympathy with it. Events which happen to the character of Gholamreza during the film make root for him. The audience believes that he has a new plan and definition for his life. In some moments, they taunt him and some moments later, they approve him. They believe his behaviors to stay alive and accept it.