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Darband (2013)

This fascinating moral thriller is centered on the bristling relationship between two very different young women in contemporary Tehran. Moving to the city for her studies and desperate for... See full summary »

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Parviz Shahbazi

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Parviz Shahbazi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pegah Ahangarani ... Sahar
Behrang Alavi Behrang Alavi ... Behrang
Nazanin Bayati ... Nazanin
Ahmad Mehranfar Ahmad Mehranfar
Amir Samavati Amir Samavati
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This fascinating moral thriller is centered on the bristling relationship between two very different young women in contemporary Tehran. Moving to the city for her studies and desperate for a place to live, the quiet, scholarly Nazanin (Nazanin Bayati) rents a room from vivacious shop girl Sahar (Pegah Ahangarani). The two become unlikely companions as Sahar coerces Nazanin into joining her circle of friends. But when Sahar ends up in trouble, Nazanin is drawn into a complex web of debt and deception that surrounds her roommate. With pitch-perfect performances by the two female leads, 'Trapped' draws an intelligent portrait of the subtleties of inter-personal power dynamics. Written by IMVBox.com

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

25 September 2013 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Loss of Innocence in Tehran
13 November 2013 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Trapped (Darband)is one of the better films in the recent Iranian cinema output. It features a stunning debut by the young actress Nazanin Bayati as Nazanin, an academically bright pupil from provinces who has just entered university in Tehran. She encounters difficulty in finding university accommodation but gets an offer from Sahar (Pegah Ahangarani), a happy go lucky girl working in a ladies makeup accessories shop. While Nazanin is trying to support herself by giving private tuition, Sahar is the polar opposite, partying all night and hanging out with dubious friends. Soon Nazanin is involved in Sahar's problems and the film enters the Farhadi territory of film making. The casting is one of the standout elements of Darband in which each character is perfectly cast. One of the main themes of the film is loss of innocence and that to survive in a big city like Tehran, academic intelligence is not enough and being street smart is an absolute necessity. Recommended.


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