6 user 4 critic

Santuri (2007)

Santoori (original title)
| Drama, Musical | 2007 (Iran)
Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife.


1 win. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Lizard (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to.

Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Bahram Ibrahimi, Shahrokh Foroutanian
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This movie is about a strict girls high school whose faculties are all female. After the maternity leave of a chemistry teacher, the principal has to bent the rules for a male teacher in the girls high school!

Director: Rambod Javan
Stars: Reza Attaran, Vishka Asayesh, Pegah Ahangarani
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

What appears to be a grand love story turns sour when parents-to-be discover that their unborn child will likely be born with serious birth defects, as a result of the mother's exposure to ... See full summary »

Director: Rasool Mollagholi Poor
Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Hosein Yari, Jamshid Hashempur
Shabhaye Barareh (2005–2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Set in late 40s in Iran. When a politically exiled man (Ansari) meets strange rural people with weird actions and accents in a village called Barareh.

Stars: Siamak Ansari, Behnoosh Bakhtiari, Shaghayegh Dehghan
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Glass Agency is the story of a war veteran living in post war Iran. It depicts veterans who are suffering from social problems after the war. Society does not understand them and the ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Reza Kianian, Habib Rezaei
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Golab Adineh, Parsa Pirouzfar, Amin Hayayee
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Mahmud Azizi, Shohreh Lorestani
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Somaieh, the youngest daughter of an indigent family, is getting married and fear is overwhelming each and every member of the family regarding how to overcome their difficulties after she's gone.

Director: Saeed Roustayi
Stars: Peyman Moaadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar
Sperm Whale (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It's about an Iranian man who tells his life story from childhood to now and his love.

Director: Saman Moghadam
Stars: Mahnaz Afshar, Vishka Asayesh, Reza Attaran
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Hediyeh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir - until Amir's mother talks Taraneh into accepting Amir's marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli
Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Negar Javaherian, Hossein Mahjoub
Shahrzad (TV Series 2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

When a windstorm happens in life, love is the first victim. In Iran, Tehran, 1953.

Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Mostafa Zamani


Credited cast:
Ali Boloorchi
Masoud Rayegany ...
Ali's father
Ali's mother
Nader Soleymani ...
Hamed Boloorchi
Maedeh Tahmasebi ...
Hanieh's mother
Mahyar Pourhesabi ...
Siamak Khahani ...
Mohammad Solooki ...
Hassan Pourshirazi ...
Sadreddin Hejazi ...
Ali Asghar Tabasi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kianoosh Gerami ...
Party intruder


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Musical

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

2007 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Ali santoori  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Dariush Mehrjui director and writer of the movie auditioned many actors for the lead role except Bahram Radan, because he though that he is not in Iran. But when accidentally Bahram Radan met director's sister, she advised him to call Dariush Mehrjui,then he asked Bahram Radan to do the audition and he got the lead role. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An amazing examination of problem's in Iran
7 July 2009 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

Every now and then an Iranian film comes around that is moving, conveys a message like no other. Director, Mehrjui does a great job creating an atmosphere where one truly feels society's issues in regards to drug addiction. There has been a stereotype for some time now that young Iranians in the music industry are prone to becoming submerged in a world of drugs, alcohol and womanizing habits. Although this is a false stereotype, Mehrjui does a great job telling a story of Ali Santoori, a man, whose traditional family turns his back on him and tells him to choose between his "santoor" instrument and his family. Ali of course, chooses, his instrument, and successfully becomes Iran's top pop performer. Meanwhile, he also meets and marries a wonderful young woman, Hanieh (Farahani), and his life seems to be on a great track. But as the story goes, Ali, becomes depressed and gets more and more addicted to drugs due to the government cracking down on his music.

Both Bahram Radan (Ali Santoori character) and Golshifteh Farahani give magnificent performances. Mehrjui style of telling the story is first-rate, using great shots, flashbacks, and flawless incorporation of music. The music cooperation between composer Ardavan Kamkar, a traditional santoor player, and composer, and MOhsen Chavoshi, top pop singer, is innovative, new and very well suited. Overall, this film achieves on every level, as it carries the audience through every range of emotion its characters feel, something Iranian films rarely do. Quite possibly the best Iranian film I have ever seen. 10/10

9 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: