Known for her insightful and intimate examinations of Japanese culture in Dream Girls and Shinjuku Boys, British documentary-maker Kim Longinotto teamed with Iranian co-director Ziba Mir-Hosseini to create this fascinating and surprising look at Iran’s divorce laws.
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Interesting insight into a different culture through a fly-on-the-wall documentary set in an Iranian divorce court. Age and class differences usually the key factors. The legal clerk's young daughter is the star turn - frequent visits to her mum's workplace and witnessing the feckless and bellicose men who come before it have put her off marriage for life!
The position of women before law with regard to divorce matters is here favoured in detriment of a more wholesome approach. The film risks misrepresenting what is a multi-faceted social and culturally complex topic. It is an eye opener for a Western audience. However it should not be taken as an accurate portrayal of the intricacies of the Iranian society and legal system. It feels like only scratching the surface.
Trully insightful. Other than the clause about remarrying after divorce which is indeed extreme, I was expecting the proceedings to be even more irrational than they actually turned out to be. The women involved were also surprisingly emancipated and outspoken, given the strong conservatism ruling their society and culture. All in all, it is an interesting view on family values and women's societal status.
3.5 stars. An inspired setting for a documentary. Some couples are inevitably more interesting than others, but if you want relatively unfiltered visual access to inter-personal conflict between men and women under a theocratic system, this is a must watch!
coming from a western (intense feminist) perspective it seems almost absurd the accounts in this documentary, but it's more about understanding than judgement. the filmmaker worked with an exclusively female crew and another muslim filmmaker. it was purely observational, but with intervention. the sharia law mixed with the gender problems made for gripping emotional scenes. i cried on more than one occasion.
The topic is rather complex and "difficult" by its nature. Interesting insight into Iranian culture, however the film focuses on women's perspective and that might distort the whole picture to some extent, it's just the tip of the iceberg... The narration is rather inconsistent while the topic is very contextual, and how many people familiar with Iranian culture and realities watch this film?
Iran's divorce laws portrayed in a way that defies all stereotypes and misconceptions about life and social constraints in Iran. Directed by the two female documentarists Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a must-see.