Rent Tehran: City of Love (2018)

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1h 42min
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Synopsis:
Very different from the other Iranian films that get a release, this second film from London Film School graduate Ali Jaberansari is three intertwined stories of love and yearning set in Tehran but told in a deadpan comedic style more reminiscent of Jarmusch. Mina (Forough Ghajabagli) is a secretary in a beauty clinic who is struggling with her weight but is addicted to ice-cream. Leading a double life, she catfishes her male clientele over the phone with a seductive voice. Eventually she does meet a prospective partner, but things may not go smoothly. Hessam (Amir Hessam Bakhtiari) is a body builder, who now trains affluent older men.
However, he seems willing to go the extra mile for a special new younger client. Vahid (Mehdi Saki) is a funeral singer who has been dumped by his fiancee. He is urged to liven up by trying a new career as a wedding singer. At one of these he meets the free spirited Niloufar (Behnaz Jafari), but is she a real prospect?
Actors:
, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiari,
Directors:
Ali Jaberansari
Producers:
Babak Jalali
Writers:
Ali Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi
Studio:
New Wave
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Iran, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/01/2020
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
Farsi
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of Tehran: City of Love

Love in a warm climate - Tehran: City of Love review by ML

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Updated 19/09/2020

Media reviews of "Tehran: City of Love" are rather diffident. The reviewers like the film, but complain that it is too downbeat, too hard on its characters. In other words, whilst praising the film, they feel it would be better if it were either more French or more Hollywood.

I think they are missing the point: love, says Jaberansari, can be difficult in Tehran. This film may not be at the same level as fellow Iranian Abbas Kiarostami's "10", but it is a very good film, with great characters and strong performances. I have found that it lives in the memory.

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