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Here Without Me (2011)

Inja bedoone man (original title)
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The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans.

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Bahram Tavakoli
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Cast

Credited cast:
Saber Abar ... Ehsan (as Saber Abbar)
Mehdi Hoseininia Mehdi Hoseininia
Parinaz Izadyar Parinaz Izadyar
Negar Javaherian ... Yalda
Atieh Javid Atieh Javid
Fatemah Motamed-Aria ... Ehsan's Mother
Vahid Nafar Vahid Nafar
Parsa Pirouzfar ... Reza
Ahmad Sa'atchian Ahmad Sa'atchian
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In Bahram Tavakoli's loose interpretation of Tennessee Williams's "Glass Menagerie", the ageing single mother, Farideh, struggles to raise her two grown-up kids, the timid crippled daughter, Yalda, and her only son, Eshan, in contemporary Tehran. Amidst soured dreams and near poverty, Farideh is thrilled to learn that her shut-in daughter who takes refuge in her wide collection of glass animals, shows interest on Eshan's friend, Reza; an unsuspecting husband for Yalda's hand. As the concerned matriarch juggles two jobs to make ends meet, Eshan keeps daydreaming of a better life through cinema, while on the other hand, the fragile Yalda thirsts to be loved. But are dreams alone, enough? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

13 July 2011 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Edo Choris Emena See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Production Co:

Fadak Film See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The Dreamers
9 September 2011 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Here Without Me is a free adaptation of Tenessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. The writer-director Bahram Tavakoli has skilfully & successfully changed the setting to Iran. The characters though are unmistakably Williamsian: dreamers trying to escape from the harsh realities of life. The mother (Fatemeh Motamed-Aria) dreams of finding a husband for her crippled daughter (Negar Javaherian). Her son, & the main breadwinner in the family (Saber Abar) hates his job in a warehouse & really wants to be a poet. He spends most of his free time at the movies. When, at his mother's behest, he invites his best mate (Parsa Pirouzfar) to dinner at their house, it appears that a suitor may have been found for his sister.

Here Without Me showcases an acting master class. All the actors are excellent but the two female leads are outstanding (Motamed-Aria won the best actress award at Montreal Film Festival). Though it is difficult to escape the film's theatrical origins, on the whole this is a very successful adaptation which compares favorably with the best Hollywood adaptations of Williams's works. Recommended.


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