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Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love, they get married soon only to find out the infertility of Leila. That's when Reza's authoritative mother starts wheedling Leila to persuade Reza into second marriage for the sake of having a grandchild. Leila accepts at first but is unaware of her own strain threshold. Written by
"Leila" is one of the most moving films I have ever seen. It is about an Iranian woman (played by Leila Hatami) who cannot have children. Agitated by her mother-in-law she starts pushing her husband to marry a second wife (which is allowed in Iran). The ensuing drama is captivating as we watch Leila and her husband in their painful journey.
"Leila", though, is not light-weight entertainment. For many Westerners with short attention spans it might even seem dull and boring. The scenes are not filled with gimmicks and cheap tricks. The characters do not overact and the music is minimal. Yet for these reasons, the movie succeeds.
There is nothing artificial about it. Every scene is meaningful, filled with poignant imagery and symbolism. It is for those who like film as an art form, not simple entertainment. Leila Hatami's performance is superb. Her character might seem soft-spoken and docile, but she is strong willed and loving. She bears the pain without uttering a word. The director keeps the viewer close enough yet always detached from Leila, reaching the right balance. This detachment makes Hatami's performance even more powerful. The movie's success largely rests on her shoulders.
"Leila" is a powerful film. It has certain humanity that Hollywood blockbusters will never provide. Only intelligent viewers will appreciate the beauty of this film.
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