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The Traveler Mosafer

Iranian movie (2017) made & written by Ali Hatef and starring him also in the lead role alongwith Maryan Vayghan as Mariam. Shot entirely in Los Angeles or neighbourhood Mariam comes to the US in search of her husband who is absconding after marrying her in Iran. Typical problem faced by South Asian girls also when the US groom vanishes after taking advantage of home grown girls. There is nothing much in the movie. They i.e. Ali who is a car driver and Mariam go on searching for that man. There are few Persian words which are common with Hindi like choi for tea, hazaar for thousand, do for two etc. Fascinating to hear the language spoken, otherwise there is nothing in the movie to recommend.

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Dar Donyaye to Sat Chande

Iranian movie (2014) by Safi Yazdanian starring Leila Hatami. Gileh Goli (Leila Hatami) comes back to Teheran on a whim to her own village Rasht, which she left 20 years ago. There she is met by Farhad (Ali Mosaffa) who apparently claims to know everything about her. She goes back to her village, her townspeople are upset with her for not attending her mother’s funeral 5 years ago. Farhad tries to get close to Goli but she repulses it not knowing the past. At one point, she has him beaten up by goons for which she regrets later. Yazdanian has done beautiful job in releasing the plot slowly. Goli meets up with her old flame Ali Yaghuti who is now happily married with three children. Goli discovers that one of their school friend Hamid has committed suicide in Finland. The movie moves in flashbacks showing Farhad taking care of Goli’s mom and her concern for his love for Goli. At one point she refers to Goli’s husband as Anton but Farhad corrects it to Antoine, then Goli’s mom says like the Russian writer whose female characters always ends in misery. It takes a while for Goli to realise the unrequited love of Farhad for her. Beautiful haunting music Christophe Rezai.

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A Separation

A Separation, a brilliant Iranian film directed by Asghar Farhadi, which won the Oscar for the Best Language Foreign Film in 2012. Its scintillating from the first shot – Simin (Leila Hatami) and her husband Nader (Paymen Moaadi) of 14 years are undergoing separation affecting their 11 year old daughter in school. Nader’s father is old and suffering from Alzheimer and Simin wants to leave Iran for better prospects for her family. Both are emotionally tied to their families and distraught that circumstances force them to act otherwise. Nader appoints a lady to take care of his ailing father and things start to go downhill from there. She is emotionally upset because her husband is jobless and there are lenders at the door. She is a woman taking care of a man, albeit an old ailing man, so there are challenges from the religious angle. The caretaker lady’s husband enters the fray, courts get involved, the caretaker lady’s small kid is suffering as is their own daughter Temreh. Lots more complications and lots more action. Its an action packed, pulsating, riveting movie and worth the Oscar win. Tremendous acting from both Leila Hatami and Paymen Moaadi and in fact all the characters have done an absolutely magnificent job. Highly recommended to watch.

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