It is the work of a director not yet completely in mastery of his material. The orphanage sequence, crucial to the social themes of the film, is not really integrated into the drama or psychology of the film. Golestan also seems unable to judge when a point or idea has been conveyed, so dialogue repeats what is already clear, or scenes continue longer than needed. The film is just over two hours long – it perhaps could have lost around 20 minutes and been a tighter, greater film.
September 14, 2016