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.
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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
Overall this movie is a sympathetic story about Hibat and his life, going from being a jailed anti-shah activist in Iran, to becoming a French social worker. The problem with the movie is that it suffers from not really knowing what it want. It does not have a good balance between being serious or/and funny. Lots of characters from Hibats life appear, and is often given so little screen time that by the end of the movie, you often dont really care about most of characters. It feels like the movie is made for people who already know Hibats real life story, But that would work much better as a documentary or a book, But really becomes a superficial movie when made into a fiction.
When the movie started, i thought there would be a bigger focus on Hibats family with siblings, But besides his clothes Stealing brother, you dont really hear more about the Big family that is introduced in the beginning.
Unfortunately this movie could benefit from a better director and a better script.
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