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Talaye sorkh (2003)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 12 September 2003 (UK)
An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Hossain Emadeddin ...
Hussein
Kamyar Sheisi ...
Ali
Azita Rayeji ...
The Bride
Shahram Vaziri ...
The Jeweler
Ehsan Amani ...
The Man in the Tea House
Pourang Nakhael ...
The Rich Man
Kaveh Najmabadi ...
The Seller
Saber Safael ...
The Soldier
Yadollah Samadian
Ramin Rastad
Behnaz Houri
Mehran Rajabi
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For Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, the imbalance of the social system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. One day when his friend, Ali, shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein discovers a receipt of payment and cannot believe the large sum of money someone spent to purchase an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. His job allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in, for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. But one night, Hussein tastes the luxurious life, before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Thriller

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$17,427 (USA) (16 January 2004)

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$147,844 (USA) (25 June 2004)
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The director refused to have his fingerprints taken for a temporary visa and, therefore, did not attend the American premiere. See more »

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What movies are supposed to be like!
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is regrettable that some comments have described the movie as boring and tedious. In the west, we have been raised with a version of cinema presented by Hollywood that provides quick indulgence and satisfaction; well not only cinema, a lot others as well. Movies that lack this characteristic, being ironically closer to reality and providing an insight into the world we live in, are judged as "weak," and "boring." Allegorical cinema is the strongest cinema no question, and Iranian cinema has been an efflux of such examples during the past decade; "Crimson Gold" is a perfect example.

It might come out as strange, but for a change, a movie has been able to capture the real life, the real social struggles of the society; and this doesn't just pertain to the Iranian society, but the description is one of ecumenical. The pace matches the pace of real life, as one other commentator put it so eloquently, it SHOULD be slow, and it SHOULD be agonizing to watch it, simply because that's what the movie is trying to portray, and that's how real life is experienced. The slow pace of the movie, following every move of the main character, makes the movie even more poignant. One can put self in Hussain's shoes, and feel the pain and humiliation he feels when he walks into the Jewlery store, case in point.


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