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Santuri (2007)

Santoori (original title)
Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife.


Dariush Mehrjui
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Credited cast:
Bahram Radan ... Ali Boloorchi
Golshifteh Farahani ... Hanieh
Masoud Rayegany ... Ali's father
Roya Taymourian ... Ali's mother
Nader Soleymani Nader Soleymani ... Hamed Boloorchi
Maedeh Tahmasebi Maedeh Tahmasebi ... Hanieh's mother
Mahyar Pourhesabi Mahyar Pourhesabi ... Tamayol
Siamak Khahani Siamak Khahani ... Javid
Mohammad Solooki Mohammad Solooki ... Psychologist
Hassan Pourshirazi Hassan Pourshirazi ... Addict
Sadreddin Hejazi Sadreddin Hejazi ... Addict
Ali Asghar Tabasi Ali Asghar Tabasi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kianoosh Gerami Kianoosh Gerami ... Party intruder
Bardia Zadeh ... Child


Ali is son of a well-off family who plays santoor (an Iranian instrument like dulcimer) and has earned some reputation through his concerts and teaching music but is rejected by his family because of this profession which they despise. He falls for one of his music students but after a short blissful period, life doesn't treat him as well as before and also his addiction agonizes him in his numbered days before redemption. Written by Hossein sr

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

1 February 2007 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali santoori See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dariush Mehrjui director and writer of the movie auditioned many actors for the lead role except Bahram Radan, because he though that he is not in Iran. But when accidentally Bahram Radan met director's sister, she advised him to call Dariush Mehrjui,then he asked Bahram Radan to do the audition and he got the lead role. See more »

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"Think I want this?" Hanieh Shrieks Despondently "I Wanna Be FREE!" Yes, Hanieh, You & 34 Million OTHER Iranian Women!
31 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

...........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA...and ORLANDO, FL

Hanieh has reached the breaking point. She feels her drug addict musician husband, Ali, has become the anchor that is drowning her in a vortex of despair..."Do you think I want this?" She shrieks despondently..."I want to be FREE!" Yes, Hanieh, you and 34 million other Iranian women! Sometimes it takes a foreign gem like this one to underscore just how lucky we are here in the U.S.A.; where we can rent, view, enjoy and discuss this film with impunity. No secret police bursting down our door at 3 in the morning...No Siree!

Irony of ironies: Owning "Santoori" on DVD, or showing it, is very serious offense in Iran. Worse now, I would imagine in light of the recent police state crackdown: "Only a terrorist agent of the Great Satan would possess this propaganda!" Of course, Santoori is many things ...Subversive is not one of them! The film is a cinematic ode to Iranian music, and how sweet, lyrical and hypnotic it is! The Santour is a traditional Persian instrument. (BTW, on Wikipedia and every place else, the spelling is SANTOURI: THE MUSIC MAN...IMDb: What's Up With the Alternate Spelling?) Santouri means both player of the Santour and music man, hence, the film's title.

There is a definite dark side. Ali's pronounced slide into the most abysmal rock bottom imaginable. True, there have been numerable movies that have dealt with a musician's addiction(s), but watching a story unfold in Farsi(Persian), undeniably puts a fresh spin on this topic! Goldshifteh Farahani(Hanieh) is quite the gifted actress, displaying a versatility of range and the most fluid and natural of deliveries I have seen in any Iranian actor to date!

There is one scene, as a newlywed, where she seems to exude joy on a cellular level! Unfortunately, Santouri does have one inescapable shortcoming: The subtitles are, at times, practically impossible to follow. There are a few scenes in the film where you might want to back-skip and play at 1/2 speed to read them methodically! So outstanding, this film, that I'm planning to add it to my DVD collection. 9* dropped to 8* because of the rushed subtitles.


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