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Santoori (2007)

 |  Drama, Musical  |  2007 (Iran)
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Ali Boloorchi
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Hanieh
Masoud Rayegany ...
Ali's father
Roya Taymourian ...
Ali's mother
Nader Soleymani ...
Hamed Boloorchi
Maedeh Tahmasebi ...
Hanieh's mother
Mahyar Pourhesabi ...
Tamayol
Siamak Khahani ...
Javid
Mohammad Solooki ...
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Hassan Pourshirazi ...
Addict
Sadreddin Hejazi ...
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Ali Asghar Tabasi
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Kianoosh Gerami ...
Party intruder
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Ali is son of a well-off family who plays santoor (an Iranian instrument like dulcimer) and has earned some reputation through his concerts and teaching music but is rejected by his family because of this profession which they despise. He falls for one of his music students but after a short blissful period, life doesn't treat him as well as before and also his addiction agonizes him in his numbered days before redemption. Written by Hossein sr

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The Lower Depths
23 April 2008 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

With Santoori, the famed Iranian director, Dariush Mehrjui has achieved the rare distinction of having had films banned in Iran both before and after the 1979 revolution (Dayereh Mina, AKA The Cycle and Santoori respectively). Both films share similar traits in that they try to show some aspects of the Iranian society that authorities would rather keep hidden: drug addiction and corruption in The Cycle and drug addiction and treatment of musicians in Iran in Santoori.

Ali Santoori is a musician (playing the Persian instrument Santoor), disowned by his wealthy family for having chosen music as a career, refused a license by the authorities to record and reduced to playing at private parties to earn a living. These hardships have forced him to drug addiction and affected Ali's relationship with his wife. Along the way, the movie makes strong statements about the life of the young, and specially artists and musicians, in Iran.

Santoori has all the usual Mehrjui hallmarks: strong characterization, rich and naturalistic dialogue and lack of stereotypes, even in the minor characters. This is best demonstrated in a scene where Ali visits his parents.

Santoori presents the juiciest role for a lead actor in Mehrjui films since Hamoon. Bahram Radan has risen to the occasion and gives an award worthy performance. He is well matched by Golshifteh Farahani as his suffering wife. Casting, as in all Mehrjui films, is near perfect. Another notable plus is the music and the songs which perfectly fit the scenes.


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