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Boodan yaa naboodan (1999)

Anik a young girl is in desperate need to heart implement. She with the help of her doctor goes to an hospital where a young guy Amir is in comma. He in his wedding night had an accident ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Asal Badeei ... (as Asal Badii)
Farhad Sharifi
Hossein Ilbeygi
Noor-Ali Lotfi
Maryam Boubani
Lorik Minassian
Yadollah Teymouri
Nooredin Alami
Bita Baadraan
Katayoon Jahangiri
Chakame Chamanmah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jamal Hashemi ... Amir
Hasan Kakhi


Anik a young girl is in desperate need to heart implement. She with the help of her doctor goes to an hospital where a young guy Amir is in comma. He in his wedding night had an accident and is half dead in comma. The doctor wants to has this young man's heart for Anik but his father is refusing. Meanwhile another customer for the heart is coming to the hospital and propose a lot of money to the father. Finally the doctor manages to convince them has the heart for Anik. Written by Ibrahim

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February 1999 (Iran)  »

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Lenni vagy nem lenni  »

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To be or not be, it's the question...
3 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

When the movie was shown for the first time,a little crowd turned out. A friend of mine was among them who had been shocked with the powerful yet true image of Iranians' profound cultural issues. Now after almost ten years,I can fully understand my friend (he is a huge movie lover).

"To Be or Not to Be" depicts the painful poverty,malicious misunderstanding and inevitable miscommunication (people in the movie talk with two different accents and two languages) which are buried in every single layers of Persian culture.These issues like religious prejudice usually ignored by film makers to avoid the censorship of regime (they are also not very favorable for foreign film festivals).

The movie is the story of two girls and their families,one Moslem and one Gregorian who are suffering from a serious heart problem and in need of instant heart plantation. Meanwhile,a young groom (belong to a low-class family) is announced brain dead after being hit by some rogues at the night of his wedding. Now two patients are in constant struggle to convince man's family to give their agreement for using the heart of their son. Young groom's family consider them nothing but vultures and dislike the Gregorian girl because of her religion.

After all movie take us to the real world of Iranian believes.But the conclusion proves far beyond the viewer's expectation. They are real people with real heart and sense of humanity regardless of their anger or poverty ,they'll do whatever they're supposed to do as the attentive human beings.

I mostly like the reality of the movie. It happens as it really happens in real cases (I was working as a doctors in some of those hospitals). The perfect performance of the cast is another advantage for the film. They are some problems with light and editing that could be forgotten for the sake of the beauty of the scenes.

I do recommend this movie for people who are still interested in moral values and if they wouldn't mind some very true criticism of Iranian culture.

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