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In their desperate search for freedom and happiness, four young people from Tehran, Iran are forced to break the taboos of a restrictive, islamic society.

Director:

Ali Soozandeh

Writers:

Grit Kienzlen (Script Collaboration), Ali Soozandeh
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Credited cast:
Farhad Abadinejad Farhad Abadinejad ... Punter (voice)
Jasmina Ali Jasmina Ali ... Amirs Girlfriend, School Official
Rozita Assadollahy Rozita Assadollahy ... Mother of Counterfeiter / Donya's Mother (voice)
Alireza Bayram Alireza Bayram ... Mohsen
Sasan Behroozian Sasan Behroozian ... Mohsen (voice)
Zahra Amir Ebrahimi Zahra Amir Ebrahimi ... Sara
Siir Eloglu ... Schwiegermutter
Adem Karaduman Adem Karaduman ... Mohsens Colleague
Morteza Latif Morteza Latif ... Studio Owner
Aida Loos Aida Loos ... Gynecologist
Payam Madjlessi Payam Madjlessi ... Ahmad / Punter / Basiji 1
Arash Marandi ... Babak
Hasan Ali Mete Hasan Ali Mete ... Judge
Negar Mona Alizadeh Negar Mona Alizadeh ... Donya
Thomas Nash ... Joseph
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In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to "restore" her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Drama

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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

16 November 2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Teheran Tabu See more »

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Gross USA:

$74,758, 17 May 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Ali Soozandeh's directorial film debut. See more »

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Superficial story hidden behind a flashy animation
27 August 2018 | by mohammad-shafiei00See all my reviews

The idea of an animated film through rotoscope made the frames eye catching and interesting to watch. It also helped to make the movie more believable since it has not been shot in Tehran. But the story has been superficially narrated and has not gone to more than a collage of the misery of a nation.

The spectator cannot sympathize with the characters, since there is just a lot of unfortunate incidents taking place one after another, without answering fundamental questions. For instance, why is the boy mute? Is it congenital or has anything happened to him? Why does the woman become a prostitute? Why has the neighbor aborted her child two times? The movie COULD make us to take SOME of the conditions for granted, but the questions are too many and the story seems to be a realistic one.

The director/writer could instead take few of the issues that he brought up in the movie, and just develop the story around them, instead of narrating all of the misery one after another. Unfortunately this type of story telling makes the movie not last for long and be only useful to win awards.


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