May 2011

The May Lady (1999) – Review

By |May 18th, 2011|

The May Lady is about the tribulations of a 42-year­old divorcee caught between motherhood and womanhood in a society where values are constantly changing. The protago­nist, Forough Kia, is a filmmaker assigned to make a TV documentary on the subject of the perfect Iranian […]

September 2010

Children of Heaven (1997)

By |September 4th, 2010|

One of the most successful Ira­nian films in the West, Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. It opens with eight-year-old Ali losing his younger sister Zahra’s newly repaired shoes. To avoid admitting this loss to his […]

November 2009

Sara (1993)

By |November 29th, 2009|

Dariush Mehrjui is one of the most accomplished filmmakers of Iran, and earned international recognition in the 1970s with Gav / The Cow (1969) which heralded the Iranian New Wave. Mehrjui gained the reputation as a ‘women’s filmmaker’ in the 1990s with films […]

Two Women (1998)

By |November 29th, 2009|

Two Women tells the story of two school friends, intelli­gent and beautiful Fereshteh from a modest background and the more privileged Roya. (Their names, respectively, mean ‘angel’ and ‘dream’ in Farsi.) Fereshteh’s student life in Tehran becomes a nightmare when a demented stalker […]