As mentioned on another thread I have had this lying around for ages and for one reason or another hadn't watched until now. But with the discussion running hot as to whether it is or isn't classifiable as a western I jumped in and watched it this afternoon.
Well, two things.
It's a close call but, for me, this still cannot be called a western
Shame on me for neglecting to watch this gem of a film for so long. Western or not is unimportant really. It's a lovely film, beautifully and thoughtfully crafted by one of the rarest of things; a good actor who turns out to be an even better director.
Topo and Scherp have said plenty so I won't go on any more other than to say it is a film I would heartily recommend to anyone who likes a film with patience and heart. I'll certainly be seeking out some more Hossein directed films if I can.