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The Forbidden Chapter (2006)

A drug addicted, middle-aged detective, beaten down by life and bureaucracy, investigates a series of murders of prostitutes in the slums of Tehran.

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Nima Hassandokht
Negar Abedi
Farhad Mohandespour
Reza Saberi
Mahtaj Nojoomi
Maryam Boubani
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A drug addicted, middle-aged detective, beaten down by life and bureaucracy, investigates a series of murders of prostitutes in the slums of Tehran.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Haunting images never before seen in an Iranian-made movie
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in San Jose at the Cinequest festival. It was inspired by a real-life case involving a series of murders in the city of Mashhad - Iran's holiest city.

For me - a native of Iran - this was perhaps the first Iranian-made movie with a truly life-like portrayal of police investigations, murder, and discovery of the villain. The Sufi-like dances and ritualistic gatherings in this movie are completely unique, and at the same time haunting. There are elements of reality as well as fiction blended together, and when put together with the fast edits and dark cinematography make this a worthwhile experience.

But be warned - as the movie stays with you for a few days.


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