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To Be or Not to Be (1999)

Boodan yaa naboodan (original title)
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 »


Kianoush Ayari


Kianoush Ayari
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Credited cast:
Asal Badeei Asal Badeei ... (as Asal Badii)
Farhad Sharifi Farhad Sharifi
Hossein Ilbeygi Hossein Ilbeygi
Noor-Ali Lotfi Noor-Ali Lotfi
Maryam Boubani Maryam Boubani
Lorik Minassian Lorik Minassian
Yadollah Teymouri Yadollah Teymouri
Nooredin Alami Nooredin Alami
Bita Baadraan Bita Baadraan
Katayoon Jahangiri Katayoon Jahangiri
Chakame Chamanmah Chakame Chamanmah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nima Aqakarimi Nima Aqakarimi ... Ardeshir
B374k B374k ... Kid
Jamal Hashemi Jamal Hashemi ... Amir
Hasan Kakhi 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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Persian | Armenian

Release Date:

February 1999 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Lenni vagy nem lenni See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Life is Precious
21 August 2000 | by Martin-117See all my reviews

Having known someone who needed a kidney transplant, I was aware of the tremendous difficulty in finding a tissue matched donor organ. This film, which is about a heart transplant, brings out the desperation of the patient for whom there is no longer any other treatment option very clearly and realistically.

What I had not considered, and what this film made me aware of, is the extremely difficult position that the relatives of a deceased person are put in when they are requested to give permission for an organ donation. At this point they are already suffering from the shock and grief of having lost someone they loved, and this additional burden can test the limits of what they can bear.

This film is definitely not an "art" movie, but a very graphic and explicit documentation of what people experience under these circumstances. While modern medicine has brought with it many benefits (and I have seen the wonderful effect of a successful kidney transplant in real life), we still need to deal with our very human fears and prejudices.

I think that this is a most valuable film to see, as it confronts these issues in a very direct way, and may help to prepare one for the new moral and ethical responsibilities that technological advances have forced upon us.

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