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Film Review: ‘Trapped’

25 February 2014 8:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A cautionary tale of universal resonance, “Trapped” spins a tension-filled drama about a naive but highly principled young woman from the provinces who comes to Tehran to study medicine, only to wind up in a legal nightmare due to her kind and trusting nature. Iranian helmer Parviz Shahbazi turns the present-day relationship linking university, bazaar and government into subtext, but no special knowledge is necessary to empathize with the dilemma the plucky heroine finds herself in. After nabbing best director kudos at the 2013 Fajr Film Festival, the ripe-for-remake pic has been traveling the global circuit.

The problems of medical student Nazanin (Nazanin Bayati, sympathetic) start when she can’t get an immediate place in the university dorm. She winds up sharing an off-campus apartment with the slightly older, much more worldly Sahar (the excellent Pegah Ahangarani, winner of Fajr’s supporting actress kudo), a perfume salesgirl who is thinking about leaving the country. »

- Alissa Simon

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