Niki Karimi, a well known and respected actress in Iran, is also a disciple of Abbas Kiarostami and has worked as assistant to him on a few occasions. The influence of the master is clearly evident in Karimi's film: the fixed camera, long takes, people going in & out of the frame, etc. Karimi's films however do not possess the depth and Subtlety of Kiarostami's. There are certain similarities between A Few Days Later and Kiarostami's Ten. Both focus on the plight of women in Iran. In Ten we learn about the main character by her conversations with the passengers she took in her car. In Karimi's movie we learn about the protagonist, Shahrezad (niki Karimi) by messages left on her phone by her husband, her mother, her employer, etc. We learn that she's living separately from her husband, that they have a teenage handicapped son & so on.
Karimi tries to show how a woman, living alone in Tehran, can gradually breakdown by the environment around her. The combination of pressure of work, abuse from strangers, falseness of people and relationships and the over bearing crowd and traffic in Tehran can push any lonely woman over the brink.
A Few Days Later is by no means a masterpiece. It is, however, a quietly observed and well acted portrait of an artist as a young, single woman in today's Iran.
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