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Under the Skin of the City (2001)

Zir-e poost-e shahr (original title)
Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Golab Adineh ...
Mohammad Reza Forutan ...
Baran Kosari ...
Ebrahim Sheibani ...
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi ...
Mahmoud the Father
Mehraveh Sharifinia ...
Homeira Riazi ...
Alireza Oosivand ...
Nasser Khan
Mehrdad Falahatger ...
Maryam Boubani ...
Masoumeh's Mother
Nazanin Farahani ...
Vahid Razaghi ...


Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly; a teenage son, who's been getting into trouble due to his burgeoning career in radical politics; and an older son who goes to great lengths--such as attempting to sell the family's meager house--in order to get an engineering job in Japan as a means of getting out of Iran. Unfortunately the 'friend' to whom he gave his money as an advance for his trip took off with the money, and the son finds himself without money, without a career, and with a debt towards a lot of people. To solve his problems he wants to deliver a package of heroin, but loses it, and has to flee. The film ends dramatically with a direct call from the mother to the camera crew asking what life has given them after all the sacrifices they have done, mirroring the opening scene. Written by Sujit R. Varma, L. Berghs

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25 May 2005 (France)  »

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Bajo la piel de la ciudad  »

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excellent analysis of Iranian society through one family's fate
17 August 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent realist analysis of contemporary Iranian society, far removed from all the political cliché's that an uninformed Western audience might expect.

It gives you an acute sense of how it is to live in the oppressive society that Iran reveals itself to be, where especially women have nothing to hope for, and men and women alike have little economic prospect. The characters are played more than convincingly, plot is tight, in spite of following events in the lives of different members of the central family. Style is sober and direct but very efficient, and in the end hits you like an uppercut.

Certainly no entertainment, but one more striking example of the vitality of Iranian contemporary film.

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