Akbar, 18, has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A’la, a friend of Akbar, tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar’s plaintiff so as to stop the execution.
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In many ways, Beautiful City (Asghar Farhadi's second film) is the logical precursor to A Separation (his fifth film)—both deal with the intersection of relationships, the law and religion in modern Iran. At the heart of these films is the conflict between justice and forgiveness. Farhadi doesn't shy away from asking tough ethical questions that are sure to stick in his audience's mind well after the credits roll.
Une grande surprise de découvrir une oeuvre puissante et fine, d'une singulière émotion, constante et limpide, aux questionnements denses et profondément humains, dépassant de loin les errements judiciaires iraniens pour accéder à une troublante intemporalité souvent révélatrice d'une création majeure. www.cinefiches.com