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Death Is My Profession (2011)

Marg kasb va kare man ast (original title)
"Death is My Profession" is about the struggle of people who have to accept any work offered to survive in a neglected society.


Amir Hossein Saghafi (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Pejman Bazeghi
Amir Aghaee ... (as Amir Aghai)
Kamran Tafti
Maryam Boubani Maryam Boubani
Mahchehreh Khalili Mahchehreh Khalili
Akbar Sangi Akbar Sangi
Meysam Ghanizadeh Meysam Ghanizadeh
Sonia Espahram Sonia Espahram


An uncompromising depiction of poverty and the people who live on the fringes, 'Death is My Profession' follows the interwoven stories of several individuals, among them the lovelorn Ghassem, struggling father Atta and reluctant thief Shokri, as they are forced to accept any work to survive. A sombre study of desperation, of lives spent toeing the breadline and of the everyday struggles of a neglected society. Amir Hossein Saghafi's powerful drama is a cinematic tour-de-force of gritty realism and impassioned biographical storytelling. A must-see. Written by IMVBox.com

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Desperate Men
16 November 2013 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Death is My Profession can perhaps be best described as a thriller with a social conscience. It bears a striking resemblance to Yilmaz Guney's Yol and, to a lesser degree, Nuri Ceylon's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Three men try to steal electric cables from pylons by cutting them. Things go wrong. One is electrocuted to death, another kills a guard and runs away and the third one is captured. Then we follow the fate of the two remaining men as one takes on a dangerous journey through the snow covered mountains with his little daughter to escape from the law while the captured one is taken on an equally treacherous journey by a couple of police officers in the village to hand him to authorities in the nearest town. Writer-director Saghafi succeeds in making a few strong statements regarding the plight of unemployed and desperate young men in Iran who have to resort to any means possible to feed their families. At the same time, Death is My Profesions is a tense thriller, strikingly photographed in the Iranian countryside. Well worth catching.

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1 February 2011 (Iran) See more »

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Tehran, Iran

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