Asghar Farhadi’s signature cinematic web-weaving is deployed to captivating effect in his Cannes Grand Prix-winning drama – a reflection on the grey line between right and wrong.
Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fereshteh Sadrorafaii
Iran-France 2021. 127min
With English subtitles
It’s difficult not to empathise with affable, gentle-manned Rahim (Amir Jadidi), a traditional sign-maker imprisoned for an unpaid debt to his former brother-in-law. His family are delighted when he surprises them with two days of leave and have no idea that he plans to repay his debt with a bag of gold coins his girlfriend found on a bus. Yet his decision has unexpected consequences, spiralling from a moment of redemption into chaos. As Farhadi gradually – and with characteristically forensic detail – unravels the plot, he underlines that stories too are constructions, and can easily be co-opted; truth really depends on where you stand. So, what truly makes a hero? Ability, honesty or simply the power to control the narrative?
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