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.
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[Spoilers] Superbly acted and directed, it's a stringent take on the lies and suspicions that riddle everyday lives; its final impression, reminiscent of Kieslowski's darkest moments, moves us far from the innocent young woman who seemed to be the film's focus. Farhadi has the masterful eye of a great painter, who places readily identifiable psychology centre stage, and the wary glances on the edge of a canvas.
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.
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 wisdom and talent. Iranian cinema is a major film-making powerhouse thanks to elegant works like this.
A beautiful exploration of the hear-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 expectaions.
Like literary governesses of the past, a story that highlights the dangers and perils of stumbling into the tensions simmering away in the private lives of others. Really appreciated Farhadi's deft touch with relationships, despite a slightly formulaic plot, and offering up a large percentage of the screen time to complex female characters. The impending fireworks night setting was the perfect pathetic fallacy too.
Avec un remarquable sens aigu de l'image qui touche, marque, révèle, le metteur en scène nous livre une oeuvre étonnante de vivacité et de pétulance existentielles, avec toujours en filigrane, une critique pertinente et fondée de la société iranienne...