Theatrical/VOD Review – A Hero

A Hero (Cert 12) Theatrical/VOD (Distributor: Amazon Prime) Running Time: 128 minutes approx. “Do the right thing”. A moral dilemma with no correct answer - circumstances will differ and sometimes doing what should be done could make matter worse for someone else, whether morally justified or not. Alternatively, doing the right thing may not be … Continue reading Theatrical/VOD Review – A Hero

Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben)

Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) Spain (2018) Dir. Asghar Farhadi “Everybody” is a word that, of late, has been overused by many people trying to justify their own opinions, becoming more of a nebulous exaggeration than a useful pronoun. Usually the problem is when everybody does know that is when dramas arise, especially in a … Continue reading Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben)

The Salesman (Forushande)

The Salesman (Forushande) Iran (2016) Dir. Asghar Farhadi For the better part of this millennium, Asghar Farhadi has been the most prominent figure in Iranian cinema on the international stage, with two Oscars and numerous other awards to his credit. Subtly holding a mirror up to modern Iranian society The Salesman sees Farhadi in a … Continue reading The Salesman (Forushande)

The Past

The Past (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Artificial Eye) Running time: 130 minutes approx. Four years after deserting his wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and her two daughters Lucie (Pauline Burlet) and Léa (Jeanne Jestin) from a previous marriage, Iranian Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to France to finalise the divorce. Arriving back at their former home, … Continue reading The Past

About Elly (Darbareye Elly)

About Elly (Darbareye Elly) Iran (2009) Dir. Asghar Farhadi A group of middle class Iranians – made up of three families and two single friends - take a three-day break to a villa near the Caspian Sea. One of the wives Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani) insisted on inviting her daughter’s schoolteacher Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti) along with … Continue reading About Elly (Darbareye Elly)

Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori)

Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) Iran (2006) Dir. Asghar Farhadi Roohi (Taraneh Alidoosti) is a young bride-to-be working as a cleaner for an agency, taking a job with the middle class Samiei family on the same day as chaharshanbe-soori, an old Iranian ceremony in which fireworks are let off in advance of the Persian new year, and … Continue reading Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori)

A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)

A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) Iran (2011) Dir. Asghar Farhadi Simin (Leila Hatami) has filed for divorce from her husband Nader (Peyman Moaadi) because she wants to live abroad and give their 11 year-old daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) a better life but he refuses to leave as he doesn’t want to abandon his Alzheimer’s … Continue reading A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)