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
Superficial story hidden behind a flashy animation
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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