Iranian Film

THE SALESMAN (2016)

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A film by Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Mina Sadati

Constrained to leave their apartment in  Tehran due to important works threatening the structure of the building, Emad and Rana move into a new apartment . An incident in connection with the former tenant will upset the life of the young couple.

The Salesman begins as if the gods was furious of something and wanted the people to evacuate which put in motion the film’s furious plot. In Tehran, an apartment building begins to crumble and collapse without the slightest warning. Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) and her husband Emad (Shahab Hosseini) must evacuate and find a new place to live. Not an easy thing to do in Tehran meaning that most places are rented already and they have to possibly wait. They are actors and are trying to launch a play plus Emad is a teacher in high school. Through the help of a member of their production, the couple finds a spacious temporary apartment. not long after they are there an incident happens which will set a series of events.

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Here Edmad tries to investigate and finds out what happens. The thing is he is slowly getting there and his wife does not want him to call the police because of some level she is a shame of it even scared. The thing is in this world in Tehran the society is puritan which does not help thing. The film is focused on the anger and revenge. Scenes of Emad single-mindedly pursuing a car possibly linked with the attack on his wife show, more than anything. There are some morality issues as well as insecurities. The thing is what is he going to do once he find what he is looking for. unpredictable here thank god but at the end well it is fine but I would went an other way.

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FACING MIRRORS (2011)

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A film Negar Azarbayjani

Cast: Shayesteh Irani, Qazal Shakeri, Homayoun Ershadi

A young wife Rana (Qazal Shakeri) is driving a cab to make ends meet, apparently an unconventional thing for a woman in Iran, while her husband is in jail for unpaid debts  as a result of being betrayed by his business partner. Her life takes a hell of a turn when she gets a ride to a woman who needed help on the side of the road being sexually harassed by some goons. Adineh, quickly offers Rana a million Tomans to drive her to a remote location. Adineh tells her that her dad wants her to marry a man that she does not know that is why she has to go to this location. But Rana finds out that there is more than she is telling. 

The directorial debut feature for Negar Azarbayjani (co-written with Fereshteh Taerpoor) is a hell of the subject matter especially in Iran. As we know, being female in Iran imposes certain cultural and legal restrictions. It is great intelligent story telling here and the women are struggling with forces that they can’t control. It is a story of acceptance where the father can not accept who his daughter is. It is unnatural for the father to think that his daughter is going to get a sex change and become a man. he can not accept it. On the other hand the bother does accept it but does not want her sister to go, if she does she will never come back. This subject matter in Iran is still taboo. Both woman needs each other here it is very hard for Rana to accept it once she knew, she freaked out. Once she got to know Adineh she beginning to understand that it means a lot to her. On the other hand Rana needs also the money to pay the debt of her husband. It is about two different people who now have one thing in common.The increasingly desperate attempt to escape from Pedar’s wedding plans create a tension tough out the film. Both characters are working against social convention and prepare to make a stand. An other humanistic film from Iran. Good move from the director for giving the role to a woman who almost look like a man. Otherwise this would not work.

Note: In the film it is said that you can get the operation in Iran and loans are available. In Iran mind you wow!!!! A big step there. This film was made in 2011 but was released in France In 2015.

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TAXI (2015)

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A film by Jafar Panahi

Cast: Jafar Panahi  

Jafar Panabi is a director in Iran. Now let me explain something. In the United States as well as in France we have the freedom of expression but in Iran you do not. Films that comes in Iran comes illegally in. There is a lot of restriction if you want to do a film. No violence, no political film, women in veil only and other human can’t touch each other, etc…So Panihi took upon himself to make a film in his cab he set up I think 3 cameras and pick up passages in Teheran. His other film was filmed in secrecy in his home but not this time. The thing is that when he put the cameras in his cab because it is a theft deterrent tool. So he decided to a film about it and you will noticed and hear what the passage talks about, like this he avoids government detection. And now you have a different kind of road movie.

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Taxi is directed by Iranian director Jafar Panahi. It is Third film since 2010. The Iranian government had him convicted for propaganda and is ban of making film for 20 years. He was confined to house arrest in Tehran and he is not allowed to leave the country. Panahi was unable to attend the Berlin festival in person. He won the golden bear for his wok on  Taxi. It is a work of fiction masquerading as a documentary. He mounted like I said, I think three small cameras in his taxi, and went off. We get introduced to a number of characters like the DVD bootlegger who recognize Panahi. Justifies his profession saying “how student are supposed to learn film making and By the way you bought me midnight in Paris last time.” Later a friend tells Panahi he was attack by the owner of this juice bar but does not want to make a complaint to the police because he is afraid that they will execute him and it does not go well with him. The best to me was he pick up his niece who tell him that the film class teacher want her to make a movie real life movie but not real real and the rules are that no political stuff, two human being can touch each other, a woman has to have her veil on, etc….but yet she has a camera to film things. you will see what she tell the boy who pick up the money that a married couple dropped in the street, a kid pick up money dropped by a passer by, she tells him to give it back so she can use it in her film.  A smart proposition about the nature of directing ,but in real life the kids is going to keep the money. A bunch of other characters are hoping up talking about almost anything. You see in France and in the United States and others country we have the freedom to express ourselves. In Iran it is not the case that’s when a director start to exhale and use his imagination and will make a film don’t matter what. This how an director in an oppressive regimes thrive. Panahi’s film is an important sign for the freedom of art. He has made a light comedy with serious cultural and political issues. i can’t wait for what he is going to do next.

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A GIRLS ALONG WALKING AT NIGHT (2014)

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A film by Ana Lily Amirpour

Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh

In the Iranian Ghost-Town Bad city A place were loneliness and death are very present people are unaware that a lonely  vampire are watching them.

Here is a cool little film that is weird and unusual. Not to worry it is a different way of telling the story. On the top of that Davis Lynch has influence a lot of director all over the world. The film is shot in black and white feels like a western, delinquent teenager, film noir from the 50’s and by the way it is the Iranian new wave. The film goes into a dream state of urban waste land  and has its unique power and pull. The images are suggestive, symbolic and intersect with the emotions. There is torment in the air and the tension build up with some kind a music which is out of this world.  It is filmed in the desert of California and has a cool Iranian cast. They live in Bad City an Iranian town so we are going to start by this dude called Arash (Arash Marandi), the kid with the vintage American a T-bird  who lives with his heroin-addicted father Hossein (Marshall Manesh). Arash deals drugs too on occasion and has a job as a gardener on the other side of the town the rich side. A lonely girl reside there. Dominic Rains plays the pimp Saeed, with the word sex tattooed on his neck, He takes Arash car as payment for the drugs that his father didn’t pay yet and harasses the local prostitute (Mozahn Marnò) who works for him. Then there is (Milad Eghbali) in a dark  coat who watches everything he is just a boy. Now there is a girl (Sheila Vand) who is the girl not only watches everybody too and has a hooded black coat when she crosses the path of people they do not understand whose is until it is too late. That is all I am going to say on that. You see there is a very personal message here when you see a woman on the skateboard with a veil and a hooded cape it does the job it is poetic and it tells about the repression of women loud and clear. the film is a fresh look at looking of the genre.

 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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