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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.

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... Shideh
... Dorsa
... Iraj
... Dr. Reza
Aram Ghasemy ... Mrs. Ebrahimi
... Mrs. Fakur
Ray Haratian ... Mr. Ebrahimi
Hamid Djavadan ... Mr. Fakur
... Pargol
... Director
Nabil Koni ... Mr. Bijari
Karam Rashayda ... Mehdi
Zainab Zamamiri ... Sogand
Khaled Zamamiri ... Ali
Adel Darageh ... Big Bellied Man
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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.

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Fear will find you.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller | War

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

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7 October 2016 (USA)  »

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Bajo la sombra  »

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$14,000, 9 October 2016, Limited Release

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$30,999, 23 October 2016
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Official submission of the United Kingdom for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Features Yazoo: Don't Go (1982) See more »

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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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Atmospheric and Spooky Ghost Story
13 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

In the 80's, during the war between the Islamic post-revolutionary Iran and Iraq, the former leftist medical student Shideh (Narges Rashidi) tries to return to the university but is barred by the dean. The upset Shideh returns home and when her husband Dr. Iraj (Bobby Naderi) is assigned to work in a war zone, she refuses to move to his parent's house with their daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi). 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 entity in the apartment. Further she must find Kimia; otherwise Dorsa will be in danger since the Djinn will be attached to her.

"Under the Shadow" is an atmospheric and spooky ghost story in an unusual environment – Tehran in the 80's. The difference to the Western cultures is another attraction of this film, such as punishment of the woman for not wearing headscarf or for having a videocassette at home. The story has elements from "The Babadook" but is better than the 2014 film. The conclusion is open for a sequel, like most of the films of this genre. My vote is seven.

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