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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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Babak Anvari

Writer:

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

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Details

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:

$13,565, 9 October 2016

Gross USA:

$31,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,324
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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

The film was actually shot in Jordan. See more »

Goofs

The cupboards in Dorsa's room have remnants of stickers on them. One of the stickers has an image of Spongebob Squarepants, which didn't make its first TV appearance (in the US) until 1999. See more »

Connections

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

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Only You
Recorded by Yazoo/Yaz
Words and Music by Vince Clarke
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
(P) 2008 Mute Records., a BMG Company
Courtesy of Sire Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing
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Unique in every aspect.
24 November 2016 | by makotoshintaroSee all my reviews

"Under the Shadow" was such a wonderful surprise for me. I had already read some reviews and everybody was speechless about it. I didn't really expect something THAT good when I started watching it.

The film takes place in Iran somewhere in the 80's when the Iran-Iraq war was on. Shideh and Dorsa, a mother and a daughter, find themselves "abandoned and unprotected" after the father has to leave in order to give his services as a doctor in the war zone. This is when they start realizing that something evil haunts them in their apartment, and there is not much they can do to escape since it's dangerous to leave their home.

Many compare it to 2014's "Babadook". I can see why but at the same time I don't see so many relations to each other. The only thing that I know is that there were moments that I seriously considered turning the lights on for a while... Sometimes the graphics were not that great, definitely not disappointing but seriously, I didn't mind at all. Narges Rashidi's acting is a huge plus for the movie as long as the direction.

Scary, touching, simple though powerful, "Under the Shadow" is a pleasant surprise not only for the horror genre but for cinema in general.


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