2018. Iran, UK, Netherlands. 102 min. Farsi. Subtitled.
Director: Ali Jaberansari Featuring: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiari, Behnaz Jafari , Amir Reza Alizadeh, Aram Mahzari
Three downhearted individuals— an ex-champion bodybuilder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary, and a dispirited religious singer—long for love in Tehran, Iran. As they attempt to change their solo status in the Iranian capital, their search for warmth and connection in a society that fails to embrace them back becomes the driving force in this poignant film about acceptance. Filmmaker Ali Jaberansari provides a pointed take on contemporary Iranian society as the trials of his disenchanted characters divulge what it means to be unlucky in love. With a heightened emphasis on the value of relationships and the lack thereof, this beautifully shot film conveys the importance of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Introduction by Farzaneh Milani (UVA)
This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Film series supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures
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