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Frontier Blues (2009)

In this debut feature written and directed by Iranian born Babak Jalali, Frontier Blues features 4 intertwined stories all set in Irans northern frontier with Turkmenistan, a region that ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Khajeh Araz Dordi Khajeh Araz Dordi ... Minstrel
Mahmoud Kalteh Mahmoud Kalteh ... Alam
Abolfazl Karimi Abolfazl Karimi ... Hassan
Karima McAdams ... Ana (as Karima Adebibe)
Behzad Shahrivari Behzad Shahrivari ... The Uncle
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In this debut feature written and directed by Iranian born Babak Jalali, Frontier Blues features 4 intertwined stories all set in Irans northern frontier with Turkmenistan, a region that has long been neglected in Iranian cinema, interesting not only for its magnificent, forlorn landscape but also for its multi-ethnic population of Persians, Turkmens and Kazakhs. Featuring non-professional actors from the northern region of Iran, Jalalis film looks at fragments of the everyday existence of a varied collection of characters from the region. Written by Anonymous

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Iran | UK | Italy

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Persian | Turkmen

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (UK) See more »

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Iran

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Caspian Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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14 July 2010 | by zeinadurraSee all my reviews

I saw this film at Locarno last year. It's an interesting film and a definite departure from the standard Iranian art-house fare which is refreshing. It's beautifully shot and the melange of humour and melancholy works well. First time director Babak Jalali offers us a look into the world of his native hometown in northern Iran on the border of Turkmenistan, which we would never have seen otherwise. It's a meditative, stylistic portrait of 4 men getting on with their lives, with nowhere to go and not much to look forward to. It does not fall into the trap of clichéd looks at the Middle East and manages instead to provide a heartfelt look at the human condition. It's opening in London this week and I would definitely try and catch it as it's the sort of film you have to see on the big screen.


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