On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife’s sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife’s suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry. And the trip to Dubai? —IMDb
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Isfahan, Iran. Whilst at school he became interested in writing, drama and the cinema, took courses at the Iranian Young Cinema Society and started his career as a filmmaker by making super 8mm and 16mm films.
He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Film Direction from Tehran University in 1998. During his studies, he wrote and directed several student plays, wrote for the national radio and directed a number of TV series, including episodes of Tale of a City.
In 2001, Farhadi wrote the screenplay for Ebrahim Hatamikia’s box-office and critical success Low Heights.
His directorial debut was in 2003 with Dancing in the Dust. After Beautiful City, in 2004, and Fireworks Wednesday in 2006, Farhadi directed About Elly, winning the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Unlike most Iranian films that aspire to do the same, this emotionally and psychologically compelling third feature from Farhadi actually does feel like an up-to-the-minute report on the social codes and values of the Iranian middle-class, and one that goes about its business in an intelligent and non-judgmental fashion. Deftly navigating the psyches of his three leads, all superb, Farhadi also touches on the society's shallow veneer of modernity and worldliness regarding women's matters, another thematic mainstay of the country's cinematic output, yet does so with uncharacteristic subtlety and insight. Co-written by director Mani Haghighi and dexterously shot by the great Hossein Jafarian, Fireworks Wednesday is among the finest Iranian films I've seen in recent years.
Farhadi never disappoints. Another great movie that shows his masterful skill of portraying multiple characters conflicts.
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