Asghar Farhadi – Forushande AKA The Salesman (2016)

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The Salesman tells the story of a young couple Emad and Rana who play the lead roles in a local rendition of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Meanwhile, their personal relationship takes a hit after moving into a house that was previously inhabited by a woman who allegedly pursued a career in prostitution. Continue reading

José Luis Borau – La Sabina (1979)

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A Brit named Michael, comes to Andalusia in the footsteps of an English writer disappeared in that area in the nineteenth century. The mystery, the charm of the place and the fierce beauty of local women catch him completely. Cultural and emotional shock have as a background to the legend of La Sabina, a mythical being who lives in caves and devours men after having sex with them.
Many years ago not to watch this extraordinary film. There is no DVD edition. My film is a high quality digital recording. A Masterpiece of Spanish cinema. Co-produced with Sweden and the wonderful Harriet Andersson and Angela Molina. Continue reading

Saeed Roustayi – Abad va yek rooz AKA Life+1Day (2016)

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The graphic account of a poverty-stricken family living in Tehran through the days before the youngest daughter of the family, Somaieh, is departing to start her marriage to a supposedly rich Afghan. While all members of the family have their worries about the wholeness of the marriage, she is struggling with her madly debilitating troubles including a silly mother who is gravely ill, a drug abusing brother, an obsessively compulsive sister, a considerably smart teenage brother who is being ruined in the environment, and a cunning oldest brother in need of money. Continue reading

Mirjana Karanovic – Dobra zena AKA A Good Wife (2016)

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Milena is a middle-aged wife and mother ensconced comfortably behind a gate in an upscale suburb of Belgrade. She quietly tends to her looks, dutifully cooks and entertains, and meets her friends for choir practice. She makes love with her husband and they socialize jauntily with a group of old friends. But unsettling realities are beginning to seep into Milena’s consciousness and disrupt her ordered world. One day while cleaning, she happens upon a videotape that incriminates her husband in horrific war crimes. A Good Wife is the story of how this secret reverberates in Milena’s life and eventually changes her. Continue reading