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Leily Ba Man Ast (1996)

| Adventure, Comedy, War
During the Iran-Iraq war, a television cinematographer, having financial problems, needs to get a loan from the TV to complete his half-built flat so one of his colleagues suggests him ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Parviz Parastui ...
Sadeq
Mahmud Azizi ...
Kamali
Shohreh Lorestani ...
Elaheh
Sahereh Matin ...
Sadeq's Aunt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rahman Bagherian ...
Yadollah
Mehdi Faghih ...
Mansouri
Hossein Maloomi ...
Baktash
Rahim Mehdikhani ...
Banna
Hedayatollah Navid ...
Pedar Sadeq
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During the Iran-Iraq war, a television cinematographer, having financial problems, needs to get a loan from the TV to complete his half-built flat so one of his colleagues suggests him going to the war zone under the pretext of making a documentary about the Iraqi captives for the sake of accompanying another man who is so influential in TV's treasury, so that he can take his loan more easily. However he doesn't want to get to the line of fire, his sanctimonious demeanor leads him to something more precious than what he started his journey for. Written by Hossein sr

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This was first film in post-revolutionary Iran to satirize the Iran-Iraq War. See more »

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An old fashioned comedy, making great fun of a bloody war.
27 June 1999 | by (UAE) – See all my reviews

I saw a 4 hour version of this movie (the version released in Iranian cinemas was 95 minutes). It appears that it may have been made as a TV series which was later edited down for a theatrical release.

Leily is With Me is a very funny movie. Since it deals with a long,bloody and holy war, it is no mean achievement for director Tabrizi to walk a very narrow tightrope between what could have been termed offensive and what would be acceptable. He has, however, succeeded and Leily is a funny, touching movie.

The main character, Sadegh, is a Woody Allen type guy who is a video camera man. Through a series of misunderstandings and mishaps, he ends up (much against his will) at the front in the war. The reason the movie works is that it is easy to sympathize with Sadegh and his efforts to dodge the trip to the front and escape back to his city. The first half of the movie, which takes place in the city, is the less successful. The second half is the funnier section and the main source for the theatrical released version. The whole film is a throwback to the Norman Wisdom/Jerry Lewis comedies and came as a breath of fresh air to the cinema going public in Iran. It was no surprise that it became a major hit. Parviz Parastui, who plays Sadegh, shines in a role in total contrast to the one he played, with same degree of success, in The Glass Agency.


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