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Son-Mother (2019)

A widow who works tirelessly at a failing factory in sanctions-gripped Iran receives a marriage proposal that could mean financial security, but could also tear her family apart.


Mahnaz Mohammadi
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Cast overview:
Raha Khodayari Raha Khodayari ... Leila
Mahan Nasiri Mahan Nasiri ... Amir
Reza Behbudi Reza Behbudi ... Kazem (as Reza Behboodi)
Maryam Boubani Maryam Boubani ... Bibi
Shiva Ordooie Shiva Ordooie ... School Principal


As economic sanctions tighten on Iran, it is the voiceless who suffer most. Leila (Raha Khodayari), a widow who works tirelessly at a failing factory, is trying to provide for her infant and her 12-year-old son, Amir (Mahan Nasiri). A solution to her financial hardships comes in the form of a marriage proposal from the factory bus driver, Kazem, who is eager to provide. Weighing heavily on Leila's conscience is one unwavering caveat: as Kazem has a young daughter of Amir's age, tradition and propriety dictate that Amir cannot share the family home. Under the judgmental eyes of her community and her hostile co-workers, Leila is forced to consider a utilitarian decision for her family that could also fracture it. In her fiction-feature debut, Mahnaz Mohammadi draws on the compassion and patience she honed as a documentary filmmaker to craft an authentic story of a relationship between a mother and a son, threatened by their culture, in all its tense complexity. Dividing the film into ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Moving and sad
4 March 2020 | by pwmoores-49444See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Glasgow Film Festival. The is split into two chapters and although it covers a situation I am not familiar with, the story is told in an easy to understand. In effect everybody is trying to do their best in an impossible situation. The acting and directing makes you feel for the main characters although their situation is very sad.

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19 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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