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liar or dragon!, 21 June 2016
10/10

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Not everything can get away with an exclamation point in the title, but the chipper punctuation of "A Dragon Arrives!" feels appropriately emphatic for a film that doesn't announce itself timidly on any stylistic level. So eccentric, in fact, is the enticing fusion of genres, perspectives and even planes of reality in Iranian writer-director Mani Haghighi's mocku-fantasy-folk-film-noir that a question mark — or an ellipsis, or perhaps even a hanging semicolon — would have been equally apt. Taking as its starting point a young detective's investigation of a political prisoner's apparent suicide on a remote Persian Gulf island, this 1960s-set tangram can subsequently be rearranged in any number of informational formations — each one as confounding as it is alluring. Hot, citrus-splashed visuals and an enthralling pop-ethnic soundtrack amp up "Dragon's" commercial fire-breathing potential: Art-house distributors would do best to position the pic as a high-end brainteaser, its every surface gleamingly opaque. full review in persian http://www.cinscreen.com/?id=7207

85 out of 136 people found the following review useful:
best Iran's film iv seen ever!, 24 February 2011
10/10

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Like About....... Elly, which won Farhadi the best director award at Berlin two years ago and which went on to find release in many territories, it has the potential to engage Western audiences with the right handling. The movie is centered on a couple, Nader and Simin, and their 11-year old daughter, Termeh. Nader and Simin are about to leave the country for good; however, Nader has a change of heart and decides to stay and look after his father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter, but the court does not find in her favor. Simin goes to live with her mother and Termeh return Politics are ostensibly out of the picture, though the whole premise is based on a middle-class couple's divorce because the wife Simin (Iranian star Leila Hatami) wants to move abroad to find a better future for their 11-year-old daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi). But that may not be the real reason for the separation.

Nader (Peyman Moaadi, seen in About Elly) is a decent man but a stubborn one, and he neglects his wife. Too proud to ask her to stay with him, he lets her move back to her mother's place while he and Termeh are left to look after his aged father with Alzheimer's disease. He hastily hires a poor woman named Razieh (Sareh Bayat) as a daytime caretaker, who signs on without telling him she's pregnant (or does she?). A few days later he fires her and shoves her out the door; she falls on the stairs (perhaps) and has a miscarriage. The rest of the film is a crescendo of tension as Razieh's hot-headed, debt-ridden husband Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini) takes Nader to court for manslaughter. While the intricate screenplay ratchets up tension as it raises the stakes for its characters from scene to scene, its reliance on contrivance might irritate some viewers. Indeed, the conceit of Nader and Simin's separation occasionally appears as a petty battle of wills, something that undermines the weight of other events.

after 30 min , new details are added that changes the moral perspective. Rather remarkably, Farhadi's screenplay doesn't take sides with any of the characters; on the contrary, everyone seems equally right and wrong at the same time. They are all caught in a web of pride and ego, morality and religion, money and honor.