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Here Without Me (2011)

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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.


Bahram Tavakoli
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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


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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film is a free adaptation of Tenessee Williams's play The Glass Menagerie. See more »

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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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