Tales a movie by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad on DVD in Farsi Language only
Tales (Iranian Movie on DVD)
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A Film by: Rakhshan Bani Etema (Only In
Farsi Language, No Subtitles)
Actors: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Foroutan, Saber Aber, Nagar
Javaherian, Baran Kosari
Brave film by acclaimed Iranian director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemd"
A series of
seven vignettes about different people dealing with their every day
problems in modern day Iran, that are loosely related to each other.
Iran’s best-known female director, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, gathers
strands from her previous dramas for a summation of her career and her
nation in "Tales." The film was ostensibly conceived as a series of
shorts, making it possible to get a license under the Ahmadinejad
regime, but with the current government she’s been able to string
together these stories of crushed hopes, addiction, abuse, and love.
Like much here, the use of a docu filmmaker as a protag to make
pointed remarks about the necessity of socially engaged cinema is
rather too easy, yet the script excels at dialogue negotiating the
male-female divide. A small international release is possible.
For the past eight years, Bani-Etemad stuck to documentaries,
unwilling to make the compromises necessary under Ahmadinejad to get a
feature made. Now that Iran’s government is friendlier to culture,
she’s released this film, begun under the previous regime. It’s
helpful, but hardly necessary, to be familiar with Bani-Etemad’s
previous work (“Under
the City’s Skin,” “Gilaneh,”
etc.), since the characters in “Tales” are mostly people she’s brought
in from earlier pics. Knowing them provides additional depth, though
there’s no loss of comprehension without it.
Farsi with NO subtitlesRun
Time: 116 minutes
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