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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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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

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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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A Certain Charm ...
16 December 2010 | by bibimcbibiSee all my reviews

... but very, very slow. There was so much potential, I was very disappointed with its lack of depth or pace. I'm sure it meant to reflect the stagnation of the area in which it was made, but a workable movie needs more depth of characterisation in order to succeed. It would have benefited too from the female characters being given some real roles. Cinematography was also a little unsophisticated and could have made more of the incredible vistas available. There were, however, some nice performances, especially from the actors portraying the shopkeeper and the ambitious man. It also features what must surely be the world's most stoical donkey.


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