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Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow
  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 84 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Babak Anvari
  • Written by: Babak Anvari
  • Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi
  • UK release: 30 September 2016

Shideh (Rashidi) is a mother left alone with her daughter (Manshadi) in their apartment in war-torn Tehran, while her husband is at the front line; when a bomb hits their building, Shideh comes to feel that they are haunted. Intelligent, slow-burning horror film buoyed by Rashidi's incredible performance, with a truly terrifying basement climax.

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Under the Shadow

26 Sep 20164 stars

The debut feature from British-Iranian director Babak Anvari is a smart, slow-burn horror

Following in the thematic footsteps of Jennifer Kent's 2014 chiller The Babadook, but with a cultural identity all its own, the debut feature from British-Iranian writer-director Babak Anvari – recently submitted as the UK's foreign-language Oscar…

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