Drama, Family Issues, Social Issues
Contemporary World Cinema
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Amir tries to be a good brother, son, and friend, but somehow he always finds himself embroiled in his loved ones’ conflicts. Not only is his sister desperately trying to leave their parents’ home and establish some kind of life for herself against their wishes, but his close friend is in a tailspin after realizing his ex-wife is planning to leave the country with their son. Amir has his own problems, so why does he continue to take on burdens that aren’t his—including trying to locate his friend’s child?
First-time writer/director Nima Eghlima tells the story of a man—and, ultimately a country—suffocating under the weight of societal expectations and a foreboding sense that all his efforts to meet them will be futile in this bleakly urgent slice of social realism from Iran.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
When actress Behnaz Jafari receives a video of a teenage girl begging for her help before appearing to commit suicide, she and director Jafar Panahi (both playing themselves) embark on a road trip across Iran in hopes of locating the girl unharmed. The result: an enchanting meditation on freedom.
In this audacious, genre-bending road movie from Hungary, bored 20-year-old Bianka decides to steal a baby. Now she only needs a getaway plan and a willing father figure—whom she finds in Laci, a mentally disabled but gentle soul who’s determined to protect his newfound family on the run.
Premarital sex is a crime in Morocco. Sofia, 20, has committed it. When, after nine months of pregnancy denial, she gives birth, she’s forced to reckon with a patriarchal system that protects the semblance of honor over the real thing—and reckon with it she does in this sociorealist drama.