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On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
During the Iran-Iraq War, Bashu, a young boy loses his house and all his family. Scared, he sneaks into a truck that is leaving the area. He gets off the truck in the Northern part of the country, where everything from landscape to language is different. He meets Naii, who is trying to raise her two young children on a farm, while her husband is away. Despite cultural differences, and the fact that they do not speak the same language, Bashu and Naii slowly form a strong bond Written by
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Bashu is a movie with a bit of everything: drama, tragedy, humour, all with a touch of surrealism. The film opens tremendously with the bombing of a town in Iran. A young boy comes running out of the smoke and begins a long journey alone, away from his home and family, now wiped out. He falls asleep in the back of a truck hauling dynamite and ends up in a part of Iran where no one speaks his language. He is more alone than ever until he is adopted by Naii, a villager living alone with her two children while her husband searches for work. Sussan Taslimi is astounding as the strikingly beautiful Naii. At first I was startled by the harshness of her gaze but it softens as she learns to love Bashu as her own child. Her love for Bashu, despite the forbiddings of the villagers and her own husband, raises this film above the ordinary.
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