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A Man of Integrity (2017)

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A drama about corruption and injustice in Iranian society. You are the oppressed, or you have to join the oppressor to survive!

Director:

Mohammad Rasoulof
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Cast

Cast overview:
Reza Akhlaghirad ... Reza
Soudabeh Beizaee ... Hadis
Nasim Adabi
Zeinab Shabani Zeinab Shabani
Missagh Zareh Missagh Zareh
Zhila Shahi Zhila Shahi
Majid Potki Majid Potki
Mehdi Mehraban Mehdi Mehraban
Sepehr Ebadi Sepehr Ebadi
Bagher Yekta Bagher Yekta
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A former university professor now living as a goldfish farmer in a Northern Iranian village, Reza quietly tends to his own affairs alongside his wife Hadis, a principal at a local girls' school, and their young son. After his river-sourced water supply is cut off, Reza's goldfish begin dying. His attempt to reopen his sluice is met with a violent attack by thuggish local Abbas, a strongman for a shadowy organization known as simply "the company." Reza refuses to compensate Abbas for a fake injury, or bribe his way out of mounting legal problems, but he quickly discovers the steep price to be paid for holding on to principles in a system where money trumps morality. Written by Anonymous

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A film of immense courage and defiance.

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Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

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Persian | English

Release Date:

6 December 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man of Integrity See more »

Filming Locations:

Iran See more »

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Europe Media Nest See more »
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Corruption-criticizing film smuggled out of Iran
15 November 2017 | by OJTSee all my reviews

I attended this film at a packed theater at the Films From the South Festival (FFSF) in Oslo in November 2017, and this s the first of the films Mohammad Rasoulof has made that i've seen. this film was awarded at the Cannes Festival, and participated in the main program in FFSF, and was smuggled out of Iran. The director was to present the film at the festival, as well as doing a Q&A afterwards, but couldn't show due to his passport was taken away from him just before he was to leave.

The film is about a family of three trying to get by by using his land to produce fish, but is challenged by a mysterious company which corrupts the entire society, even the police and justice system. A film about the little man not ready to bow for the suppression. he actually has to join to get by.

This is a well made film, and not a very happy one. The story telling is quiet and quite slow, but has it's dramatic parts. A good and important film, from a re-known film maker in a country which needs this kind of films. Still the film had a little trouble in engaging me.


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