Shirin is supposed to get married in a couple of hours, but she unexpectedly murders a man. The cause of the crime, rooted in her nightmarish childhood, unravels gradually and the real question emerges: Who is the REAL criminal?
A violent quarrel breaks out between a couple at midnight. Being at a relative,s house in the north of Iran, they depart for Tehran in the middle of the night, but they do not bring along ... See full summary »
Amir Hossein Maleki
Late-shift taxi driver Ali works the 'mean streets' of Tehran and in the process he encounters a wide variety of people. The taciturn, disconsolate man meets the owner of the last ... See full summary »
The Mahmoodies live in an old large house, having traditional values and beliefs. They have decided to renovate the building. Mrs. Mahmoodi's niece arrives with her architect husband to ... See full summary »
A piano teacher (Mahnaz Afshar) faced with a major event in her personal life, some secrets of her husband life is revealed ... In a two-way decision, she must either make her choice in ... See full summary »
A documentary made during the post-production phase of Christine Pascal's last film, Adultère, mode d'emploi (1995). It follows Jacques Comets at work - well before the advent of digital editing and mobile telephones.
The only nuptial condition an inveterate chain smoker receives from his perfume-testing fiancee is to quit smoking. This poses a problem for the advertising agency ideas man for whom smoking is all part of the creative process.
Massoud Bakhshi's masterful film comes as an unexpected, but welcome, surprise after his previous documentary Tehran Has No More Pomegratates. Though that documentary was fine, this film is quite something else.
A young professor based in Europe visits Iran, his homeland, after an absence of 22 years. From the moment he arrives we can feel the menace in the air. The books that he issues to his students are instantly confiscated by authorities as being "unsuitable". His father is laying in a coma and his mother refuses to see her husband as she feels that his enormous wealth was gained by corrupt means. The professor also meets his half brothers & sisters (from a second wife that his father took secretly). Nothing is what it seems at first sight. In parallel with the main story we see flashbacks to the past to slowly unravel the mysteries surrounding the professor's family.
A Respectable Family is a masterful film noir and a hot political potato. Bakhshi does not pull any punches and his film hits hard at some of the Iranian authorities. Politics aside, this is a gripping, multi-layered and brilliantly made film with great acting to complement it. It is very much in the vein of some of the well known 60"s and 70's political thrillers such as Z, State of Siege, Missing, etc. Not to be missed.
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