After five years studying in Paris, Arash has not adjusted to life there and has decided to return to Iran to live. Jolted by the news, his two friends Hossein and Nima, who do not want him to leave, convince him to take a last trip through France – secretly hoping he will change his mind.
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I could relate to a lot of the strands in this work, being an expat in the US, some of the explanations as to why a person is happy or not happy and how much self worth is importance or not important for happiness and how we all are in a way lost and not sure of what we have to do is reflected rather beautifully here.
This movie is richer that it might appear, and it is masterfully crafted.
A visual essay discussing masculinity, belonging, memory, and identity.
And a great soundtrack.
It left me pleasantly surprised
Affectionate, candid and humble road movie which makes full use of the scarce resources available. It's a story told with maturity nonetheless. It bears the hallmarks of commited craftsmanship. A look at modern Iran fron afar or the perils and tribulations of those living in an alien foreign land. Respect.
These reviews make me laugh. Such a beautiful film about 3 friends in Paris who decide to take a trip to the coast before one of them heads back home to Iran. They drive and camp so freely through the French countryside, and talk about stuff. And the poetic, understated, steady direction gives us all a serene mediation on identity, Iran, and friendship. Really strong direction.
A really nicely simply done film. No wannabe-ism. No pretensions... dealing with it lightly, a road trip to the south of France with three Iranian friends makes comments on social conteXts subtly without the need for overtures. Also seeing diasporic characters being dealt with and treated as humans and NOT caricatures is refreshing.
honest film making: this causal low budget road trip film paired with candid style acting, makes for a very enjoyable humorous experience. rare to find such seamless and well matched talent across the board, editing, casting, cinematography, acting, writing. Very relatable and nuanced, my kind of crafted reality.