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Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Director:

Wayne Blair

Writers:

Dalia Sofer (novel), Hanna Weg
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Credited cast:
Salma Hayek ... Farnez
Adrien Brody ... Isaac
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Habibeh
Gabriella Wright ... Farideh
Nasser Memarzia ... Mansoor
Alon Aboutboul ... Mohsen (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Alain Washnevsky ... Behrouz Godsi
Anthony Azizi ... Mehdi
Bashar Rahal ... Komiteh Member
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Hossein
Maggie Parto ... Voice Over
Ben Youcef ... Muezzin
Christina Mani ... Shima (as Christina Isabella Mani)
Armin Amiri ... Keyvan
Jamie Ward ... Parviz Amin
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Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content involving interrogation, brutality and disturbing images, and for some partial nudity and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy Territory See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The movie is called "Enemy Territory" on Netflix. But not on Netflix Uk See more »

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The glasses that Salma Hayek's character wears are a style popular around the time of shooting, not the actual time of the story. See more »


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The Voice of the Prophet
Written by Tito Rinesi
Published by Flipper srl. Edizioni Musicali (SIAE)/Henning Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Informative but unpleasant.
30 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Septembers of Shiraz" is a well made and very well acted film...but I cannot see many people wanting to see it for several obvious reasons. First, it's about the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and a lot of people just don't find this a 'sexy' subject for films. Second, no matter how how do such a film, people will find fault in how the Revolution is handled. Third, and most importantly, the film is incredibly unpleasant with scenes of torture...and a lot of folks don't want to watch someone being tortured. All these conspire to make this a difficult film to say the least.

The film begins as the Revolution is beginning. No context whatsoever is given to the viewer--nothing about the previous brutal regime of the Shah nor about the ideology of the Ayatollah and his followers. All you really learn is that the Shah was awful and the people who followed were awful. I know more about it because I am a retired history teacher...but the average viewer, particularly younger ones, will feel a bit confused. I think the reason they did this related to the second problem above...and so they apparently tried to make the film as apolitical and a personal film as they could instead.

The story is about a Jewish family and their particular experiences during this time. The husband, Isaac (Adrien Brody), is arrested...though you never learn exactly why. It seems as if he was arrested simply because he was rich and he undergoes both mental and physical torture from the new Republican Guard. During this time, his wife (Salma Hayek) waits and waits and watches everything they owned get stolen from thieves...all in the name of the Revolution. Will the husband be released and what of the family?

I noticed some folks complained about this film because the look wasn't just right--such as the wrong sorts of cars being shown in Iranian roads. Well...considering it was NOT filmed in Iran, and I STRONGLY DOUBT the government would have allowed this, this sort of complaint seems bizarre at best. The film was made in Bulgaria...and I guess they tried their best. I'll say no more about this.

Overall, the film is very well made and compelling...and unpleasant. Because it is a story about a real family, however, I cannot just dismiss it. It's worth seeing IF you are up to the task.


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