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Leila

 

by Dariush Mehrjui

Iran

 

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Director: Dariush Mehrjui

Script: Dariush Mehrjui, Mahnaz Ansarian

Cinematographer: Mahmoud Kalari

Editing: Mostafa Kherghehpoosh

Sound: Sasan Nakhaf, Asghar Shahverdi

Music: Kayvan Jahanshahi

Cast: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia Turan Mehrzad, Amir Pievar, Shaghayegh Farahani

Production: Dariush Mehrjui

Distribution:
Spendor Films
308 rue de Charenton
75012 Paris
France
0033 9 81 09 83 55
programmation@splendor-films.com

Year: 1996

Screening: 2019

DCP, Colour, 124 mn, 
O.V. Farsi with French Subtitles

Leila and Reza, a modern Iranian couple, are delighted about their recent marriage. When Reza’s mother learns that her daughter-in-law can’t have children, she takes it upon herself to convince her son to change wives. The oppression exerted by this stifling mother, added to the weight of tradition, give the impression that the couple are heading straight for a split.

Iranian films often include a dimension documenting daily life, and here, as, in the majority of the rôles interpreted by Leila Hatami, the condition of women is one of the main themes studied. Through the strong female characters she interprets on the screen, the actress shows different aspects of the Iranian woman, against a background more broadly underlining certain shortcomings of Iranian society (in this particular case the weight of tradition, the vision of the couple and the confrontation of different points of view).” Dariush Mehrjui

 
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