Mania Akbari, star of Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, is one of Iran's most distinctive filmmakers. 'One. Two. One' is her latest and most confrontational work and its ban led to her exile from Iran. Composed of rhythmically structured and meticulously choreographed scenes, the film presents a series of conversations related to a woman named Ava whose face has been disfigured in an acid attack. Truths emerge in close-up and a narrative of love, loss and renewal unfolds from each episode. Akbari questions the weight placed on beauty in evaluating a woman's place in Iranian society. Her protagonist Ava also functions as a metaphor for the scars her country bears, making this deceptively modest film rich in courage and ideas.