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Mehman-e maman (2004)

A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources.

Director:

Dariush Mehrjui

Writers:

Houshang Moradi Kermani (based on a story by) (as Hooshang Moradi Kermani), Houshang Moradi Kermani (novel) (as Hooshang Moradi Kermani) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Golab Adineh ... Mother
Parsa Pirouzfar ... Yousef (as Parsa Piroozfar)
Amin Hayayee ... Doctor (as Amin Hayaei)
Hassan Pourshirazi Hassan Pourshirazi ... Father (as Hassan Poorshirazi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roya Alemi Roya Alemi ... Groom
Amir Hoseini Amir Hoseini
Pourhesabi Mahyar Pourhesabi Mahyar ... Drunk Motorcycle Driver
Nasrin Moghanloo Nasrin Moghanloo ... Neighbor's Pregnant Wife
Soghra Obeisi Soghra Obeisi
Zhale Olov Zhale Olov ... Neighbor who Brought Rice
Ramin Parchami Ramin Parchami ... Mammad agha
Farideh Sepah Mansour Farideh Sepah Mansour ... Mash maryam
Melika Sharifinia Melika Sharifinia ... Bahareh
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Directed by Dariush Mehrjui, 'Mom's Guest' is set against the backdrop of the Iraq-Iran war, and tells the dark yet funny story of Mrs Effat, who, when unable to feed her newly arrived nephew and his bride, turns to those in her building for help. After having been persuaded to bring food and join her impromptu picnic, one by one, the neighbours begin to reveal their struggles and hardships. This light and simultaneously moving story of camaraderie is sympathetically brought to life by Golab Adineh, Roya Alemi, and Amin Hayayee. Written by IMVBox.com

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

22 July 2004 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

A mama vendégei See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Production Co:

Sima Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Mehrjui's love letter to Cinema
28 October 2006 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Dariush Mehrjui is probably the only Iranian director who has found the perfect balance in making movies which are both critical and commercial successes. He has made box office hits like The Tennants and Hamoon, which also scored big at various film festivals.

Mum's Guest follows in the same tradition. It's a crowd pleaser which has also scored well with critics. The story is very simple. "Mum" ( veteran Iranian actress Golab Abdineh) has invited her newly wed niece for dinner and is worried that, being very poor, she and her husband can not prepare a meal to suit the occasion.

Help, however, arrives from a number of unexpected places. "Mum" and her husband are tenants in a large house which is also home to a number of other tenants including a medical student (whom everyone calls Doctor and who performs a hilarious "surgery" on a goldfish attacked by a cat), a reclusive old woman, a pregnant woman & her addict husband, etc. They all, however, join hands to help "mum" overcome her problem.

Mum's Guest is both a social comedy and a love letter to cinema. Mum's husband is a cinema projectionist who, together with his colleagues in a memorable scene, recite music and dialog from classic films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Duel in the Sun, and some classic Iranian movies.

The acting is universally great with Abdineeh a stand out. Highly recommended.


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