A corrupt, six-fingered detective is sent to recruit a retired assassin now living a secluded life as a calligrapher to assassinate a prominent government official known as Hezardastan who has stolen jewels from a member of the royal family. However, the calligrapher one-ups the detective and holds him as his prisoner and tortures him. The calligrapher begins to reflect upon his life gone by, and... See full summary »
Desiderium lyrically charts the hapless loves of a three brother: Majid, they young handicapped brother with a deformed head falls in love with Aghdas, a prostitute hired by his eldest ... See full summary »
Inspired by Iranian folk tales and reputed as the first Iranian musical movie, the film follows the story of the lazybones congenitally bald Hassan who is tricked out of the house by his ... See full summary »
Katayun Amir Ebrahimi,
There is an old saying in Farsi, "if you catch a Toughi to keep, it will bring bad omens to the members of the family". ...And that's what happens to a very close nit family when Toghi is ... See full summary »
Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him. Instead, he finds that his friend is a drug addict. He sticks around to try and ... See full summary »
Reza Motori, who has feigned madness, escapes from an asylum and robs a factory, with the aid of a friend. Afterwards, a young writer, who looks exactly like Reza, visits the asylum in ... See full summary »
Iran in the first half of 20th century through the eyes of a painter
This is a lyrical, pleasantly hypnotic film about the life and times of one of the greatest Persian painters, Kamal ol Molk. The events in the movie happen as if in a dream, while following the tumultuous events of the first half of twentieth century in Iran through the eyes of the great painter. Kings come, kings go, and the weak but likable Ghajar dynasty monarchs are replaced by the rather brutal, pragmatic strongman Reza Pahlavi. The slow, rather passive, "old world" ambiance of the old system is replaced by a new, harsh, modern reality so alienating that the painter is reduced to threatening to cut off both his hands so he is not forced to put this new order of things on canvas. He retreats to the old world, and rediscovers beauty. I just wish the movie had put more of the master's paintings in context. While we see the settings in which some of his canvases are painted, there is not much reference to the rest of his body of work. Overall, I found it an enjoyable movie.
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