An Iranian family survives the shah and the ayatollah and moves to France. This story follows the family through it all. Despite the politics, revolution, prison, beatings, assassinations and suicides this is a comedy.
Hibat Tabib and his wife Feresteh live in a small village in the South of Iran. They are young, full of life, idealistic and militate actively for democracy. They are not afraid to rise against two successive despots, the Shah first, and later on the Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1984, they are forced to flee their country with their son. After a long, difficult and dangerous journey they end up reaching France. They settle down in the Île-de-France region where, after a period of adjustment, they manage to integrate into the French social fabric, particularly by getting involved in the local community.Written by
Although the story is important (about the exile/diaspora of Iranians after the revolution), the horrible choice of cast and filming locations to portray Iran and Iranians were an absolute clownery.
Leila Bekti looks nothing like an Iranian. I know for a fact that some of the extras used in some scenes were defacto Iranians, NONE of the primary actors, except "kheiron" were Iranians. And it definitely shows. Just because North Africans are Muslims, does not make them similar to Iranians whatsoever. It's poignant how dissimilar they are, yet this horrendous movie would like to shove this erroneous imagery down the ignorant people's throat as an absolute truth.
Please, anyone considering casting a movie about Iran and Iranians, try a location in Turkey, instead of North Africa. North African landscapes and especially the random people look very different from Iranians.
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