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Tala va mes (2011)

A Tehran mullah-in-training struggles to take care of his ailing wife and their children in this profoundly moving melodrama. A film of near-universal appeal, it puts a human face on Iran's... See full summary »

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Homayoun Assadian

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Hamed Mohammadi
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Cast overview:
Negar Javaherian ... Zahra Sadat
Behrouz Shoaybi Behrouz Shoaybi ... Sayyed Reza
Javad Ezati Javad Ezati ... Sayyed's Best Friend
Sahar Dolatshahi Sahar Dolatshahi ... Nurse
Mehran Rajabi Mehran Rajabi ... Cleric
Reza Radmanesh Reza Radmanesh
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A Tehran mullah-in-training struggles to take care of his ailing wife and their children in this profoundly moving melodrama. A film of near-universal appeal, it puts a human face on Iran's Muslim clergy with its unusual tale of a man forced by hardship to become a better husband and father. Seyed Reza has just moved with his family to Tehran so he can study the Koran, and he relies on his lovely wife Zahra to look after their two young children and weave the intricate rugs that earn them a living. But one evening Zahra collapses and is taken to the hospital, where she's diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Scarcely able to process the tragedy, Seyed is left to cook, change diapers, walk his daughter to school and take his toddler son with him to his classes, where peers and elders treat him with scorn. But Seyed eventually learns to cope, his prayers and devotional studies taking on deeper meaning as he attends to the hard nightly work of rug weaving, getting through with a heavy ... Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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Persian

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11 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arany és réz See more »

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Tehran, Iran

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Life as a Persian Carpet
25 January 2015 | by DevikaSethiSee all my reviews

Apart from the two main protagonists -- the seminarian and his wife -- this film has a third, albeit inanimate, one. A hand-woven Persian carpet in the making, stationed expectantly on its loom in the main part of the modest family home in Tehran. When illness and tragedy befall the family in the shape of a degenerative illness, it is the husband who takes over (yet another) task, that of completing the carpet, that was ably -- and almost invisibly-- done by the wife. The carpet, with its rich floral pattern and skeins of wool in dozens of colours waiting to be knotted, then cut, symbolizes not only a cherished Iranian artifact and a symbol of Persian civilization, but also the family's own life as new migrants in the city, forever being crafted, inch by inch, and forever threatening to unravel.

The seminarian, a devoted husband whose faith is tested, but doesn't waver, gets little or no assistance from his colleagues and teachers at the seminary. The only fellow student who helps him does not seem to be a serious student. There is a also a hospital employee, perhaps symbolizing the modern Iranian woman, disdainful towards religious figures, whose life is touched by the ailing woman.

The voice-over in the last few minutes of the film, a Mullah reciting a moral lesson to the effect that 'love cannot be learnt from a book' has profound implications for our understanding of the relationship between individual compassion and character, and the capacity of faith to mould that compassion.


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