On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Roohi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
So many fine moments done in beautiful cinematography, colours and sound. Farhadi comments the absurdity wasteland of human relationships by prolonged scenes voided of acting, filled with incidental sounds and monotony. A scene to offer: Simin's determination to leave diminished with a firecracker exploding under her feet. End feeling: at a quite consent all delusions are to be continued. Masterpiece.
A subtle melodramatic love triangle between an upper-middle-class couple and the hairdresser in their apartment block. It has some contrived drama, centred on gaslighting, but also has a playful performance from Alidosti as the working class maid, soon to be married, who sees (and smells) it all, and whose chador becomes part of the intrigue. A carefully framed narrative, full of interesting details of Iranian life.
Resting on two major pillars, superb acting across the board and Farhadi's empathetic eye for unearthing human sensitivities, the energetic Fireworks Wednesday has the ability to show us once more how simple mundane stories can be elevated to beautiful works of art with simply talent and wisdom. Iranian cinema is a major film-making powerhouse thanks to elegant works like this.
A beautiful exploration of the heart-stopping complexity of lives that are 'mundane' and simple. .....A Superb and totally engaging cast of actors and a skilfully dramatic denouement that plays games with our hollywood conditioned expectations.