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5 October 2005 (France) See more »
Squatters, mostly Arabs in Persia, live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ali Nassirian ... Captain Nemat
Hossein Farzi-Zadeh ... Ahmad
Neda Pakdaman ... The girl

Directed by
Mohammad Rasoulof 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohammad Rasoulof 

Produced by
Abolhassan Davoodi .... producer
Bita Mansoory .... executive producer
Mohammad Rasoulof .... producer
Original Music by
Mohammad Reza Aligholi 
Cinematography by
Reza Jalali 
Film Editing by
Bahram Dehghan  (as Bahram Dehghani)
Production Design by
Mohammad Rasoulof 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daryoush Ebadi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mohamad Mokhtari .... sound
Mahmood Moosavinejad .... sound mixer
Mohammad Mosavi-Nejad .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Jazireh ahani" - Iran (original title)
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Australia:90 min
Australia:M | Singapore:NC16 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)


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Trusts the viewer to make up his own mind., 26 October 2005
Author: paterfam001 from Canada

I was most impressed by this movie, especially since I was going to it (with my wife) out of a sense of duty: it wasn't one of my choices at Toronto Film Festival. Frankly, I expected to be baffled and bored, as I have been by terribly earnest subtitled movies in the past. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it held my interest from the first scene. The unusual setting had a great deal to do with this -- the ship's crumbling superstructure, its dank and scary innards, the small domestic comforts of its tenants, the vast watery landscape outside -- all beautifully filmed. You are dumped right into the middle of all this, as if you were one of the tenants newly arrived, and watch a newbie get the full treatment from the Captain -- the leader and self-styled benefactor of this band of poor outcasts. You find your way around and get to know the people and their ways, but this is not a documentary, nor does it pretend to be. Our interest is not sociological, but just human. The Captain is at the centre of all this, and his character is at issue throughout. Is he really a saviour and benefactor, or is he just using the young men on board as a source of cheap (free, actually) labour so he can steal the remaining crude oil and valuable parts from the ship, before its owners send it to be cut up for scrap? By the time you have absorbed enough of the narrative to wonder about this, you have grown acquainted enough with the tenants' problems and aspirations to care deeply about this, and to follow his actions with keen attention. In the end, the viewer has to make up his own mind about the character of the man, the rightness of his actions. There is no foregone conclusion.

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