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... www.cinefiches.com
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.
A subtle melodramatic love triangle between an upper-middle-class couple and the hairdresser in their apartment block. It has some contrived drama, centred on gaslighting, but also has a playful performance from Alidosti as the working class maid, soon to be married, who sees (and smells) it all, and whose chador becomes part of the intrigue. A carefully framed narrative, full of interesting details of Iranian life.
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.
[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.
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.