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Chaharshanbe-soori (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 16 March 2016 (USA)
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On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.

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Asghar Farhadi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hamid Farokhnezhad ... Morteza
Hediyeh Tehrani ... Mozhde Samiei
Taraneh Alidoosti ... Roohi
Pantea Bahram ... Simin
Sahar Dolatshahi Sahar Dolatshahi
Houman Seyyedi Houman Seyyedi ... (as Hooman Seyadi)
Matin Heydarnia Matin Heydarnia ... Amir ali
Mehran Mahram Mehran Mahram
Behshad Sharifian Behshad Sharifian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forough Ghajabagli Forough Ghajabagli
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Storyline

On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife's suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry. And the trip to Dubai? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

16 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feuerzauber See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Boshra Film See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Selected by the Slant Magazine as one of the best movies screened in 2006. See more »

Quotes

Simin: Your wife would've preferred seeing you with a whore than with another woman.
Morteza: I'll call you when I get there.
Simin: I won't pick up the phone.
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Bigharar
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Unusual, superb film from Iran.
8 October 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Chaharshanbe-soori (2006) was shown in the U.S. with the title "Fireworks Wednesday. It was written and directed by Asghar Farhadi.

This movie really has two plots. One plot line involves a young working class woman who who will be married in a week. She starts work at the apartment of a wealthy family. Just a few minutes into the plot we realize that this is a dysfunctional family. The husband has flown into a rage and smashed a window with his fist. (He has a bandage in his hand throughout the movie.) The wife suspects that her husband is having an affair. She enlists the young maid to spy for her.

The relationship between the wife and the husband is the second plot line. Is the husband truly having an affair, or is this a neurotic obsession on the part of the wife?

(There's a third subplot about a man who parks his car just outside the gates of the apartment. He appears friendly enough, but I could never figure out what he was doing there. Probably everyone who saw the movie in Iran understood perfectly well what was happening. I couldn't get it. Even so, two solid plots are plenty for one movie.)

The reason the movie is called "Fireworks Wednesday" is because it's the Persian New Year, and everyone is shooting off fireworks. Fireworks are everywhere. I've never been to a movie--including war movies--with so many explosions in it. After a while, your brain partly shuts out the sound, but it's always there.

This is a powerful, dramatic, well-acted film. Although it's a drama, there are many funny moments. For example, the young outside worker and the older woman who works as concierge bond immediately. They'll never be in the upper class, but that doesn't mean they can't laugh at the weird rich people for whom they work.

The two female leads in the movie are extraordinarily talented. Hedye Tehrani plays the wife & Taraneh Alidoosti plays the domestic worker.

We saw this movie at home on the small screen, and it worked very well. It has a very high IMDb rating of 7.8, so I'm not alone in my admiration of it.

If you like unusual, interesting foreign films, with great direction and great acting, find this movie and enjoy it!


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