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Films: Asghar Farhadi

The Past

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • France
  • 130 min
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa
  • UK release: 28 March 2014

An Iranian man returns to his homeland and has to confront reality when his wife and two children move on without him.

A Separation

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • Iran
  • 123 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Written by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Cast: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi

A couple debate the ramifications of their impending divorce before a series of events unravel that will lead to a single tragic incident. This morally complex tale is a rich and thought-provoking consideration of the nature of judgement and the role of law.

About Elly

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • Iran
  • 119 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Written by: Asghar Farhadi (screenplay), Azad Jafarian (thanks to)
  • Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Mani Haghighi, Merila Zarei, Peiman Ma'adi, Ahmad Mehranfar, Rana Azadivar, Saber Abar

A group of middle-class Iranian friends head to a seaside holiday home, one of them (Farahani) inviting her single friend Elly (Alidoosti), hoping to hook her up with a divorced family friend; then Elly mysteriously disappears. Rigorous, deeply-felt drama of duty, desire and social status, fiercely acted, bracing and…

Fireworks Wednesday

  • 2006
  • Iran
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Written by: Asghar Farhadi, Mani Haghighi
  • Cast: Hedye Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Hamid Farokhnezhad

Iranian drama about happily engaged cleaning lady Roohi (Alidoosti), who gradually plays witness to the deteriorating marriage of her middle-class employers.