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Paziraie sadeh (2012)

An Iranian couple from the city drive around a remote mountainous region. They hand out bags of money to poor villagers in return for them carrying out unusual requests the couple make of them.

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Saeed Changizian ...
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Esmaeel Khalaj ...
Old Man
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Mohammad Aghebati ...
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Danial Fathi ...
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Himan Dehgani ...
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Morteza Kerendi
Ghorban Nadjafi ...
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It is clear from this film's explosive opening sequence that there is more to Leila and Kaveh than meets the eye. Armed with sacks of banknotes, the pair are on a mission to donate millions to the needy of rural Iran - whether the targets of their philanthropy want the money or not. The couple's ambiguous relationship shrouds them in mystery, and as we follow them on their quest, it becomes clear that Kaveh's increasingly sadistic nature threatens to overwhelm their good deeds. There are subtle nods to Tarantino's dark humour in this gripping drama, which questions the very nature of charity itself. Written by IMVBox.com

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Pretentious misfire, just short of unwatchable
4 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I tend to like Iranian cinema, but this tale of an urban middle class couple (Kaveh, played by Mani Haghighi, who also wrote and directed the movie, and Leyla, played by the lovely Taraneh Alidoosti, who has starred in several films of director Asghar Farhadi), going through the impoverished countryside, throwing bags of money to poor peasants, seems contrived and pretentious. Their motives are never made clear, in fact neither it is whether they are in fact a couple or a brother and a sister. Leyla comes across as a particularly loathsome character, always irritable for no reason, not a mean feat as she is portrayed by the lovely Alidoosti.

This is a one idea movie, and a confused idea at that. If the best Iranian cinema is characterized by its humanistic, compassionate view towards its poor subjects, this movie is instead awfully and painfully condescending towards them. Add to that the incredibly pretentious and unbelievable dialogue, and this is an almost unwatchable film.


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