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Sheeple (2018)

Maghzhaye Koochake Zang Zadeh (original title)
The story of a gang of drug dealers in the south of Tehran who has sheltered many youngsters and orphans from the streets. Shahin and Shakoor who are brothers are leading the gang but when ... See full summary »

Director:

Houman Seyyedi

Writer:

Houman Seyyedi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Navid Mohammadzadeh ... Shahin
Farhad Aslani ... Shakoor
Farid Sajjadi Hosseini Farid Sajjadi Hosseini ... Shahin's father
Marjan Ettefaghian Marjan Ettefaghian ... Shohreh
Navid Pourfaraj Navid Pourfaraj ... Amir
Nazanin Bayati ... Mona
Ladan Zhaveh Vand Ladan Zhaveh Vand ... Afsar (Shahin's mother) (as Ladan Zhavehvad)
Mahyar Rahat-Talab Mahyar Rahat-Talab ... Shahrouz
Hamoun Seyyedi Hamoun Seyyedi ... Masoud
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The story of a gang of drug dealers in the south of Tehran who has sheltered many youngsters and orphans from the streets. Shahin and Shakoor who are brothers are leading the gang but when it is collapsed creates a crisis in their family and their lives. Two brothers are making crystal meth in a hidden laboratory in middle of nowhere in an urban jungle, however, they do care for the honor of their neighborhood. All of a sudden, mobile footage on their sister's phone begins spreading everywhere which causes some strange incidents. Written by Ibrahim

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

soureh cinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 September 2018 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheeple See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Opening Weekend:

IRR 18,518,530,000 (Iran), 27 September 2018, Limited Release
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Fadak Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Ladan Zhave Vand ,who plays the role of Shahin's mother, is a former addict in real life. She has been homeless for 56 years. she spent several years in prison and at one point she was sentenced to death but the verdict changed. See more »

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Unexpectedly brilliant
14 November 2018 | by mamad-ktSee all my reviews

I may say unexpectedly, but people who follow Seyyedi's works may have expected it to be brilliant.

The film displays the daily lives and social dynamics of a class of society which our cinema rarely looks at. Even when it does, it's usually made up of untasteful and threadbare cliches, pasted together in cheap films targeting audience from lower classes with old-school ideas of family honor, brotherhood, loyalty and zeal; or at best films made to show apparent social concern mostly targeting audience outside this country.

Sheeple (or as its Persian title goes, Little Rusted Brains) is not one of those films. It gets deep in the heart of Tehran's slums, showing us people that are neither dark nor clean, but as grey as it gets. People bound by poverty, caged in a community that abides by its own rules. They may be the lowest of the lowest or the kings of the neighborhood, but they are all bound by the same rules nonetheless. Even the shepherd and his dogs are just part of the herd, moving as it moves. All they can do is try to survive, and change little things when they can, showing sympathy that is in their hearts from time to time, but the herd goes where it goes.

Outstanding performances are a big part of what makes this film brilliant, Navid Mohammadzadeh and Farhad Aslani are particularly extraordinary. The characters in the film are hard to love, harder to hate, and all actors did their best to make them believable and real.

Iran's cinema normally produces one or two outstanding films every year, usually bearing the name of Asghar Farhadi as the director. But it seems this year, Seyyedi has taken on the part.


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