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The Fish Fall in Love (2006)

Mahiha ashegh mishavand (original title)
After 22 years, Aziz decides to return to his hometown, to sell some family possessions, including the house where he was born. But for his astonishment, the place is now a small restaurant... See full summary »

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Reza Kianian ...
Aziz
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Atieh
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Touka
Maryam Saadat ...
Goli
Maedeh Tahmasebi ...
Gohar
Farrokh Nemati ...
Younes
Siamak Safari ...
Rahmat
Mahdi Pakdel ...
Reza
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After 22 years, Aziz decides to return to his hometown, to sell some family possessions, including the house where he was born. But for his astonishment, the place is now a small restaurant, run by four women, one of them a girl whom he once dated. Attieh, the girl, tries to convince him not to sell the place by, instead of telling him a story a day as Sheherazade, cooking him a delicious dish every day. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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"A FISH NAMED Atieh!"
31 July 2016 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

............................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA...and ORLANDO, FL

When watching a film produced by another culture, the "Lost in Translation" factor is usually an undeniable part of the equation. "FISH" is no exception. For openers, the title itself is askew. Farsi, the language spoken in Iran, does not employ articles ("The" or "a/an"). When translating, their use provides a serious challenge to Iranians. Here, the translator should have rendered: "FISH Fall in Love" as the title, sans "The"!

Let's put shortcomings aside for a moment and focus on FISH's strengths, which are ample. The term "unpretentious" is overused as of late. If ever there was a film deserving of this distinction, "FISH" certainly is it. Reza has recently gotten out of prison, where he had been locked up for 20 plus years. Apparently, he was whisked away just days before he was to be married to Atieh.

From the get go, it's obvious Reza is still pining for Atieh, big time! Meanwhile, Atieh has converted what was to be their home, into a very popular restaurant. "FISH" chronicles the incremental thawing and eventual initial re-kindling of that relationship, and does so in a way that is simultaneously poignant, warm-hearted, realistic and yet, oddly mundane.

The film gives us a glimpse of some of the cultural nuances of Iran. The importance of food as a tool for bringing a family together at the table, the myriad of difficulties encountered by a woman widowed or abandoned by her husband and how wagging-tongued gossips can take the joy out of life. Without any spoiler details, I found the ending to be rather mystifying and thought-provoking.

An attribute shared, surprisingly enough, by other Iranian films I've seen. "FISH" does suffer from some production value issues, which often plague low-budget productions. The dialog recorded outdoors and in the kitchen leave a lot to be desired. Well, you'll probably be reading the sub-titles anyway, right?

Said sub-standard sub-titles prompted me to lower my rating from 8* to 7*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!!!


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