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Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear. Written by
A daring and edgy film breaking away from the norms
I am a young Iranian film lover living in Tehran and I found this film amazing because it has dared to breakaway to move away from the norms of Iranian movies and sneaked into the reality of the lives of many forced underground and wasted in drugs and other traps. Dark side of the moon has finally found its ways in an Iranain film. The film does not hide the dirty laundry and does not sweep the dust under the carpet so some can feel comfortably numb and rest assured that all is fine. Kids in Tehran are not fine and this is what this film is about. I love this film because it has dared to reveal the reality of the lives of 'bad' boys and girls in Iran. The lives of real people who are not necessarily 'innocent' are missing in most Iranian films. Usually Iranian films are set in villages, about children, or innocent but economically deprived people. The characters in this film are not heroes or saints. They are real people made of blood and flesh but stuck in a chaotic and sick environment. In particular, I admire the contemporary structure of this film in telling its multiple layers of stories and side stories in a non-linear way. Cinematography and acting are also notable. The cinematography portrays the chaos of public life of people and uprooted underground world where many young people spend best years of their lives. This is an edgy, daring, and revolutionary film in its form and narrative. Music is well employed through out the film too. Marzieh's acting is one the best in recent years. she delivers her role passionately and makes the character look very believable. The film confuses documentary and fiction in many scenes and I personally love this technique reflecting the reality of life in Tehran today. I definitely recommend it to all.
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