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Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
"Chaharshanbe-soori" (original title)

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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.

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Hamid Farokhnezhad ...
Morteza
Hediyeh Tehrani ...
Mozhde Samiei
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Roohi
Pantea Bahram ...
Simin
Sahar Dolatshahi
Hooman Seyadi
Matin Heydarnia ...
Amir ali
Mehran Mahram
Behshad Sharifian
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On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife's suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry. And the trip to Dubai? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Simin: Your wife would've preferred seeing you with a whore than with another woman.
Morteza: I'll call you when I get there.
Simin: I won't pick up the phone.
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Asghar Farhadi's Underrated Masterpiece.
8 October 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Another gem of a portrayal of Iran's urban middle & lower classes from the master filmmaker behind cinematic jewels like A Separation & About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday is as effective & impressive a domestic drama as Asghar Farhadi's later features and, in my opinion, remains his underrated masterpiece that can really use a broader audience.

Featuring a gripping plot that gets better as the story progresses, tightly structured screenplay, captivating performances from its cast & tight editing, the best thing about Fireworks Wednesday is the manner in which Farhadi has interwoven the whole film in layers which keeps challenging ours as well as its characters' assumptions throughout its runtime & eventually results in an emotionally draining experience.

Covering themes of lies, deception, marriage & infidelity from the eyes of an engaged young woman who's about to step into matrimony, while also keeping its narration perfectly stable by finding a fine balance between its suspense, mystery & drama, Fireworks Wednesday is a faith- shattering cinema that's powerful enough to rank amongst world cinema's finest films and is thoroughly recommended to all film lovers.


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