Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crimson Gold (طلاي سرخ) (2003)

Director: Jafar Panahi. Cast: Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi and Azita Rayeji. 95 min. Unrated. Drama.

Painful story by Panahi, recently forbidden in Iran from making films for 20 years. A middle-aged Iran-Iraq war veteran struggles heart and soul to achieve a higher socioeconomic status - but fails miserably, as he's too transparent for what he truly is. The concept may be difficult to grasp for those who haven't lived in such societies, but the film pictures a rip-roaring epidemic in Iran, as poverty-stricken self-righteous religious people turn to lives of crime, just to be considered significant in a society infiltrated with Western values. If you know the terrain , this film will break your heart.

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