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Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 7 October 2016 (USA)
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As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director:

Babak Anvari

Writer:

Babak Anvari
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narges Rashidi ... Shideh
Avin Manshadi ... Dorsa
Bobby Naderi ... Iraj
Arash Marandi ... Dr. Reza
Aram Ghasemy Aram Ghasemy ... Mrs. Ebrahimi
Soussan Farrokhnia ... Mrs. Fakur
Ray Haratian ... Mr. Ebrahimi
Hamid Djavadan Hamid Djavadan ... Mr. Fakur
Behi Djanati Atai ... Pargol
Bijan Daneshmand ... Director
Nabil Koni Nabil Koni ... Mr. Bijari
Karam Rashayda Karam Rashayda ... Mehdi
Zainab Zamamiri Zainab Zamamiri ... Sogand
Khaled Zamamiri Khaled Zamamiri ... Ali
Adel Darageh Adel Darageh ... Big Bellied Man
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In the 80's, during the war between the Islamic post-revolutionary Iran and Iraq, the former leftist medical student Shideh tries to return to the university but is barred by the dean. The upset Shideh returns home and when her husband Dr. Iraj is assigned to work in a war zone, she refuses to move to his parent's house with their daughter Dorsa. Shideh prefers to stay in her apartment with Dorsa, who loves her doll Kimia and has constant fever. Dorsa is afraid of demoniac Djinns and when Shideh asks who told her about the legend, she tells that her friend that lives downstairs. Shideh visits her neighbor and asks his mother to tell her son to not tell horror stories to Dorsa and she learns that the boy is mute. Then Kimia and Shideh's Jane Fonda workout tape disappear. When a missile strikes their building, the neighbors decide to leave Tehran, but Shideh stays in the apartment with Dorsa, who is increasingly disturbed. Soon Shideh reads about Djinns and finds that there is an evil ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Fear will find you.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, scary images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Jordan | Qatar | Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo la sombra See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,000, 9 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,999, 23 October 2016
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Production Co:

Wigwam Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Kermode's favourite film released in the UK in 2016 See more »

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Referenced in Frightfest 2016: In Conversation With (2016) See more »

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Djinn
Performed by Gavin Cullen, Will McGillivray (as William McGillivray) and Ali Nourbakhsh
Music by Gavin Cullen and Will McGillivray (as William McGillivray)
Engineered by Dan Cox at Urchin Studios, London
Copyright: Gavin Cullen and William McGillivray
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Well worth your time
23 December 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

In western culture movies become iconic quickly. For example, entire generations who missed the original Star Wars film can nonetheless recite dialog from it. Horrow films fit the same mold. The tropes, tricks, plot arcs and even to a large degree the SFX become familiar over time because they are part of the overall experience you expect.

But what happens when a horror fan experiences a film from a different culture? Are the building blocks the same ... or different? One of the clearest exponents of this issue is this film, a modern "horror" film produced in an Islamic country that is known neither for its horror films nor really for its interest in films at all.

Which is what makes UNDER THE SHADOW SO REMARKABLE.

It is good enough to stand on its own as a horror piece. In fact, it's only possible failing -- that it builds so slowly and gradually -- can in fact be considered a major strength. It may well be that, in the west, film-makers who lack the skill to "layer" their suspense raise the temperature far too quickly? However when you consider the obvious incorporation of allegory and metaphor to overlay the plight of the heroine in her real life against her plight in the supernatural realm .. the film gets even more intriguing. Not preachy. Just interesting.

Recommended.


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