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Maryam (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 February 2002 (USA)
An Iranian-born teenager living in suburban New Jersey thinks of herself as simply an American until anti-Iranian sentiment erupts in her community after American hostages are held in Iran.

Director:

Ramin Serry

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mariam Parris Mariam Parris ... Mary Armin
David Ackert ... Ali Armin
Shaun Toub ... Dr. Darius Armin
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Homa Armin
Maz Jobrani ... Reza
Victor Jory Victor Jory ... Jamie
Sabine Singh ... Jill
Michael Blieden ... Pete
Jason Nash ... Joel
Goli Samii ... Leila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armin Amiri ... Ali
John Necef John Necef ... Young Ali
Gillian Thomas Gillian Thomas ... High school girl
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Storyline

An Iranian-born teenager living in suburban New Jersey thinks of herself as simply an American until anti-Iranian sentiment erupts in her community after American hostages are held in Iran.

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Cultures clash. Hearts break. People change.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,123, 22 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,209, 16 June 2002
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

In the scene where Mary's father (Darius) turns around and leaves, after he is prevented from entering the store after the store owner posts the "Closed" sign and hides in the back, a 1990 Volvo 740GL rolls slowly by in the street in front of him. The film's setting is 1979. See more »

Soundtracks

Until We Meet Again
Written by Joe Lervold
Performed by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans) & Patrick Maier
Courtesy of MasterSource Music
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Falling Short of the Bar
9 December 2004 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

This was a film characterized by being there, by being interesting, and by holding your attention -- but giving you false expectations of anything more. Overall, the film was a decent watch, but it left something lacking and something a bit unfulfilling in you.

This film's story has great potential, and from the beginning you could see it building up (in spite of often mediocre acting & filming reminiscent of bad 'made-for-TV movies') but in the end the story does not get anywhere near as provocative or startling as it could be. There are, of course, worthwhile moments as in any film that tackles similar issues, but it was not done in a way that makes one think or be moved by whats' going on; it does it very matter-of-factly and often seemingly without the proper emotions running high. It seems very anticlimactic at moments, and very cold. It is like the firework that makes the big bang but the streams of color are just not there.

Throughout the entirety of the film I am awaiting for an explosion of shock & intrigue, a moment of cinema excellence to rear its' head and enrapture me and devour my senses, but in the end you do not get this: you get a mere solid story that slowly progresses, has very small climactic points, and leaves you slightly disappointed.

It is a decent slice of life film, and it is true in its' portrayals and good effort is put into it by Ramin Serry. I must say that I was pleased with much of the film, and that it was in fact a decent watch, but it certainly was not anything that truly grabs or moves you. And so as a result I can only say that it is a film that is an easy, light watch, and that if you should see it, not to expect anything big or amazing as one might expect. Rather, it is what it is, and what it is is nothing amazing.


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