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Odyssey Film Club: TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE
February 26 @ 19:45 - 22:00
Odyssey Film Club: TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE d. Ali Jaberansari, 2018 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (26 FEB 19:45):
Writer-director Ali Jabernansari gives viewers intriguing insights into modern Iranian life in this bittersweet comedy-drama about a trio who suffer as much from their own frailties as from Iran’s stifling theocratic regime.
Alienated by Tehran’s oppressive beauty standards, unhappy secretary Mina creates an online persona as a model and seductress, making phone dates with men and then standing them up in person. Former champion bodybuilder and wannabe actor Hessam is the talk of the town, but seems to have eyes only for his young male client, Arshia. Meanwhile, Vahid – a lonely and morose funeral singer – is a victim of his own thwarted expectations.
With overtones of early Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki, TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE mixes playful comedy with wry social commentary, painting a picture of modern Tehran in all its absurdities and allure.