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3.4
60 Ratings

A Man of Integrity

Lerd

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Iran, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

Reza, living in the wilderness with his wife and son, lives a retired life and devotes himself to freshwater fish farming. A private company that has targets on its land is ready to do anything to force it to sell.

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A Man of Integrity Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Compelling as it is, and understandable though it might be that Rasoulof takes a pretty dim view of human nature, these extra turns of the screw can feel like overkill especially with their genre-noir overtones. “Life teaches everybody. Some learn quickly, some learn slowly. Some learn too much, some too little,” Reza is told at one point, but the speaker neglects to mention just exactly what the lesson is.
October 30, 2017
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24 Frames and A Man of Integrity are extremely personal works by major artists who are each, in their own way, confronting the limits of their own agency… Where do you find beauty in your day-to-day life? How do you stay true to your principles in a debased society? Both films ask fundamental questions without proffering easy answers, only the thoughtful introspection that we’ve come to expect from two of contemporary world cinema’s most vital artists.
May 24, 2017
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A tense, enraging drama about corruption and injustice, set in a small village. The essence of the plot — “in this country you’re either the oppressed or the oppressor” — provides a scathing critique of contemporary Iranian society… Rasoulof’s fine screenplay resembles a classic tragedy as he examines what defines a human being in a society that has lost its moral center.
May 20, 2017
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