An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »
Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in ... See full summary »
Greece, 1654. A seriously wounded Janissary arrives at a cloister situated on a cliff, and the sisters take him in and care for him. Sister Anthi, one of those who tends him, falls in love ... See full summary »
Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a ... See full summary »
On his fortieth birthday, a man engineers a revolt against himself. He telephones his lovers -- all four of them -- and arranges to meet them at his dance school that afternoon. The women ... See full summary »
Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats ... See full summary »
Mohammad Reza Forutan,
Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn't scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. ... See full summary »
Pål Sverre Hagen,
Hans Petter Hansen
Djomeh is a young Afghan man who has come to live in Iran because of family trouble. Working as a milk boy, he encounters discrimination from the Iranian villagers and disdain from Habib, a... See full summary »
A man is fired from his job. Having no more options, he decides to go find work abroad, leaving behind his wife and daughter. Months pass and his family hear no word from him. A stranger, a mechanic, arrives in town in search of work. His eyes wander to the beautiful young woman whom he hears no longer has a husband. A struggle to survive of a generation torn between wanting to leave its country yet bound by blood to home. Written by
I did deliberately choose to watch this on the same night as MAN PUSH CART, since they sounded similar in plot, style and tone. Marhab is a mechanic looking for work in Tehran. He becomes fascinated with a woman whose husband has just left Tehran (on the same train Marhab arrived in) to look for work elsewhere. The film tracks their struggles over the course of a year, from winter to winter, suggesting the cyclical nature of life is much like the changing seasons. What goes up, must come down... Marhab befriends another mechanic who finds him a job, but problems soon develop. Things change, only return to their previous state, or a revamped version of it. Although bleak (like the dirge that recurs on the soundtrack), the mood is not entirely dour. The protagonist is impulsive and free-spirited, which often leads to conflict, but also provides him with joy and triumph. He's an interesting, complex character, done very well by Ali Nicksaulat. Pitts frames the dingy landscape delicately, finding beauty amidst the grime. There are also some intriguing editing/scripting choices, leaving out key transitional moments, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks while concentrating on the emotional framework. A delicate, resonant film. Iran continues to live up to its reputation as a wellspring of interesting filmmakers. I will be checking out more by Rafi Pitts.
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