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Zir-e noor-e maah (2001)

Hassan is a student of Religious /Islamic school and is about to be dressed as a missioner .In such a time when his other mates are excited and are getting ready to be formally dressed and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hossein Parastar ... Sayyed Hassan
Hamed Rajabali ... Chick
Mehran Rajabi
Mahmoud Nazaralian ... (as Mahmud Nazar-Alian)
Ashar Heidari
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Shaghayegh Dehghan
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Hassan is a student of Religious /Islamic school and is about to be dressed as a missioner .In such a time when his other mates are excited and are getting ready to be formally dressed and to become a spiritual missioner Hassan's doubts and incoherences starts and he begins to have a struggle with himself. Therefore he postpones his ceremony, yet for the sake of his father and to respect him he buys the dress. Meanwhile a young boy steals his formal clothes. Hassan goes after the boy and through this path he gets to know about the poverty of the people and the poor neighborhood where the young boy lives. He communicates with this community and gets familiar with their life style. This event gives him a motivation to become a spiritual missioner because he realizes that in this way he can serve these people. At the end, the young boy ends up in a rehabilitation center for children and is going to start a new life. Written by Pouria Heidary Oureh

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A meditation on life, religion & the true path
8 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Like many Iranian films of late (and now, not-so-late), tells a simple story with simple characters resulting in some very complex questions about life, existence, morality. Though obviously dealing with an Islamic society (and, therefore, presumably asks questions about Islam), film can be viewed by a person of any faith (including those with none) and still resonate profoundly. Asks the essential question: if God exists, how can there be so much suffering on Earth? In typical meditative style, pic tries to tell a simple story, in as clear a manner as it can. Reminiscent of all the greats, including Bergman, Bunuel & Tarkovsky, in style as well as theme, also maintains sense of humor (where the Bunuel comparison truly comes alive-'Viridiana' & 'Los Olvidados' come to mind).

Ending may provide a bit too much closure, to an otherwise wonderfully open-ended point of view, but is satisfying nonetheless. Yet another great addition to a growing body of Iranian works which affirm the seventh art status of the medium.


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