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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

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Slow Barren Beauty Blues - A Must See!
17 April 2013 | by rstout3526See all my reviews

Frontier Blues is a portrait of an Iranian border Steppes region by the Caspian Sea that has been fought over for centuries and depicted through the eyes of four village characters, each of a differing tribe - a Persian, a Kazak, a Turkman and an Armenian. Added to which is a Tehran photographer trying to capture it all on film, taxi drivers, cafe owner, factory manager etc. All have aimless lives with no real prospects. Mundane existences in a wide barren landscape littered with relics of the past. The dark humour, stoicism and pathos is abundant and the whole cinematic experience is a true joy to watch. Frontier Blues can be equally likened to other slow paced world cinema gems such as Lake Tahoe, Vodka Lemon, The Return, Historias Minimas, The Banishment, Las Acacias and the wonderful Once Upon A Time in Anatolia. So much different from standard mainstream cinema carp of today. To me they all provide to a western outsider an education and greater understanding of these peoples and places.


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