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Pari (1995)

Haunted by a book found in her dead brother's room, Pari wanders around to find answers for a meaningful life.

Director:

Dariush Mehrjui

Writers:

J.D. Salinger (novel), Dariush Mehrjui
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Credited cast:
Janet Avansiyan Janet Avansiyan
Farhad Jam Farhad Jam
Niki Karimi ... Pari
Turan Mehrzad Turan Mehrzad
Ali Mosaffa ... Dadashi
Zhale Olov Zhale Olov
Parsa Pirouzfar ... Arefe Ketabe Pari
Ali Azghar Shadaravan Ali Azghar Shadaravan ... (as Ali-Asghar Shadravan)
Khosro Shakibai ... Dadashi / Asad
Melika Sharifinia Melika Sharifinia ... Little girl beside the river
Mohamad Reza Sharifinia ... (as Mohammadreza Sharifinia)
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Pari is a student of literature at a university in Tehran. Strong-willed and capable, she nevertheless frequently displays outward aggression towards the people in her life, jeopardizing her relationship with her tutor, her fiance, and her brother. Projecting her inner struggle onto others is, however, having a detrimental effect on Pari's mental health. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Pari stumbles upon an old sufi book titled 'Solook', and with it resolves to change where her life is heading. Assisted by her brother, she sets about repairing the damage and discovering the person she is meant to be. Written by IMVBox.com

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

1 February 1995 (Iran) See more »

Filming Locations:

Isfahan, Iran See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

PARI is an unauthorized loose film adaptation of J. D. Salinger's book Franny and Zooey. Though the film could be distributed legally in Iran since the country has no official copyright relations with the United States, Salinger had his lawyers block a planned screening of the film at Lincoln Center in 1998. Mehrjui called Salinger's action "bewildering," explaining that he saw his film as "a kind of cultural exchange." See more »

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Mehrjui put Iran on the movie map back in 1969 wit...
29 August 1999 | by SasanSee all my reviews

Mehrjui put Iran on the movie map back in 1969 with his splendid movie Gaav (Cow) about a villager whose sole possession, a cow, dies while he is away in the city. The loss of the cow drives him to insanity.

Many years has past by but Mehrjui still feels most confident when dealing with psychological issues. He has been quite busy in the nineties. Amongst his most notable films there is the trilogy Sara (1993), Pari (1995) and Leila (1996). All these are female names in Persian.

Pari is a student of literature at one of the Tehran universities. She is a confident yet angry person who is projecting her inner struggle by outwards aggression towards her tutor, her fiancé and her brother. She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. We can only imagine what has been the force behind her mental suicide. Things do clear up as the movie proceeds and all the bits fits nicely in place. Mehrjui gives us the answers we crave for but he will not slam it in our face. There is a certain, subtle level of gratitude for the audience to be felt as he/she entangles the web.

Pari is in a quest. She is burdened by a strange mix of divine heritage and guilt for which she is not fully equipped. Pari is the tool Mehrjui utilises in order to pierce the Persian mystique. A blend of Sufism, religion and literature. All in a holy quest for salvation. We only never know from what!

The visual splendid of the film is a joy. The cinematography is behind any complaints. The editing is at times very pleasing although there is some abrupt and unwarranted cuts and bruises. Mehrjui directs his actors with a clear vision of what he wants to achieve and there is indeed some very fine performances by all the main actors.

To wrap this up. Pari is a film I warmly recommend you to see. This is not a masterpiece as such. This is not the classic people will talk about in 20 years time. But for anyone who has learned to enjoy the enigmatic movies of Iran, this will be nothing short of pure enchantment.


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