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The Song of Scorpions

Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan star in this revenge fantasy about a camel driver falling in love with a strong-minded young woman who can heal scorpion bites.

Credits

Dir-Scr Anup Singh
Prod Saskia Vischer, Shahaf Peled, Michel Merkt
With Golshifteh Farahani, Irrfan Khan, Waheeda Rehman
Switzerland-France-Singapore
2017
119min
Sales The Match Factory

A sumptuous tale of love, revenge and redemption, as a camel herder tries to win the hand of a tribal healer in the Indian desert. Set within the deep, seemingly limitless desert landscapes of rural Rajasthan, this beautiful, poetic tale exists somewhere between past and present. Here, villagers rely on age-old customs and cures. Nooran (Golshifteh Farahani, About Elly) is a defiantly independent young tribal woman trained by her grandmother in the ancient healing remedy of singing to counteract the deadly poison of scorpion stings. A lone middle-aged camel herder Aadam (Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox) is Nooran’s admirer. Though spurned by her, he hatches a plot to win her heart. Glorious photography by Pietro Zuecher is matched by Anup Singh’s meditative direction and the restrained performances of his leads, as well as a gorgeous cameo from legendary Hindi actor Waheeda Rehman.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney

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