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Mohammad Reza Forutan,
On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go off to find a spare part, the wife, who used to be a teacher, takes over the teaching lessons in the village. It is clear that the children live there, in this strange deserted place, without any men, save the teacher and an old signal guard. As the day draws on, the children help to bring a new hope and life into the wife's heart. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Symbolism is well and good, but first the story has to work
The story has to work on its surface first, and this barely does. The editing back and forth between the husband and the wife is not well timed and not tied together. The characters look like they should be very interesting, but somehow they aren't so much. The connections between people that show up aren't particulary gripping or engaging, and the scene at the end simply doesn't work, physically or emotionally. Also, this being filmed in the desert with rather light-colored scenery, it can be extremely hard to read the white subtitles at times.
Good points are stunning desert scenery (although it looks a lot less remote and deserted than plenty of places right here in Oregon), decent acting, and good metaphors about Iranian life.
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