Facing death, terminally ill Parvis Karimpour wants to reconcile with his daughter Nasrin. He and his fellow African travellers are dumped from a boat by the Spanish coast at dawn. He makes...
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Facing death, terminally ill Parvis Karimpour wants to reconcile with his daughter Nasrin. He and his fellow African travellers are dumped from a boat by the Spanish coast at dawn. He makes his way to Madrid where he believes his only child, who fled from Iran years ago, may now live. Finding shelter in a city which is battered by the economic crisis, Parvis meets two other struggling migrants. The Italian Fabrizio, a failed piano player, survives on odd cleaning jobs. Spoilt young German Almut, on the other hand, has followed her boyfriend to Madrid. Looking for a direction in life she dreams of opening a jewellery shop. The search for Nasrin becomes their common quest. Parvis regains hope, while his newfound optimism snaps Fabrizio and Almut out of their lethargy. Following a new clue the three set off northwards in Almut's car. Written by
When I saw the title of this film, "Si-o-se Pol", I had absolutely no idea what that meant and in the course of the film you learn that this is an old an apparently very picturesque bridge in Iran. It really has little to do with the film's plot--just a memory of one of the characters about a lovely place he remembers from his youth.
The film begins in North Africa. A small group of people are being smuggled into Spain. One of them, Parvis, is looking for his daughter. Apparently, they haven't seen each other for over a decade and he's left Iran to look for her. This search is imperative, as Parvis is dying and wants to make peace with her before his death--what's transpired between them is something you'll need to find out through the course of the movie. Once he's made it to Madrid, the last town that he knows she was in, he begins searching for her. But it's a big town and the clues he has are scant. He's also hungry and out of work, so his search seems hopeless. Along the way, this very decent man meets a couple people and they become his friends--and they agree to help him in his search.
This is a very nice, gentle sort of a film. It's slow paced, but it doesn't drag--mostly because the characters are quite likable. The actors, writer and director can be credited for this. Additionally, there is an interesting contrast between Parvis and his incredible journey and his two friends whose own troubles and conflicts seem rather simple by comparison. Well worth seeing even if it doesn't have a formulaic ending that some might expect and demand. I like it because it was a nice look into three very disparate personalities--three who manage to trust and care about each other through the course of this engaging film. Well worth seeing.
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