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199 Ratings


Directed by Mitra Tabrizian
United Kingdom, 2017


Set in London in 2011, Gholam is the story of an enigmatic Iranian cab driver, who works at night and doesn’t like to talk about his past. He has two jobs, yet seems not to be interested in the money. With a future sliding towards inertia, he finds himself involved in the conflict of a stranger.

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Gholam Directed by Mitra Tabrizian

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  • Squizz's rating of the film Gholam

    Tense, riveting look at the gritty world of London's immigrants population. Hosseini is fantastic as the title character and Tabrizian's directorial debut is accomplished.

  • Brenda Jobling's rating of the film Gholam

    Excellent, believable performances depicting how little room there is for a decent character in his way of life. By staying true to himself he almost chooses his way to the inevitable ending. Bren

  • Andy Lambert's rating of the film Gholam

    Slow burn London-set thriller about an Iranian cab driver who is approached by some fellow Iranians about a mysterious mission. One-part Iranian new wave, one-part Jean-Pierre Melville, with a touch of Taxi Driver and even a little Fassbinder, this is a mesmerising and immersive debut film by acclaimed photographer Mitra Tabrizian.

  • Superfrog's rating of the film Gholam

    Really well done, a director that knows when not showing something is better than showing it, how much needs to be told while never falling into incomprehensible mystery. The characters are all so real ( except for the blonde lady who is a bit over the top) that it will still be worth a watch if the film devices do not work on you as well as they worked on me.

  • Le Samourai Noir's rating of the film Gholam

    Mitra Tabrizian, a photographer-turned-director, has done a great job as the director and it is fair to say that Gholam is full of beautiful stills, and you will enjoy each and every one of the shots; The story was a cliche - so I thought the ending would be awful; Nevertheless the ending was good; A few phony acts may bother you, but Hosseini has done a great job as the protagonist; So it's not a bad film to watch.

  • Babak Jani's rating of the film Gholam

    It is patchy and unsettled. Seems being done with a person who has a good knowledge of film history, but it doesn't work as a collective! Lots of references to other films but as a whole, it is not accomplished well. The dialogues are really bad; both in English and Farsi. Lovely sound design though! I guess it was the best point of the film. And also the title suits the film really well! But that is all! Not happy!!

  • Ally's rating of the film Gholam

    A film grounded in its evocation of exile lives in abeyance, scuffling on the margins of the service economy with family ties and obligations stretched and strained. The portrayals of those outside the exile group are less sure-footed, tending to stereotype. “Taxi Driver” is a reference point, though here the protagonist maintains a passivity in his dealings, which bring on the final moment.

  • Levi Miah's rating of the film Gholam

    Quiet, out-of-body kitchen sink thriller. When its story fails to engage, its audio-visual portrait of London sticks out. Showing not only the social and cultural aspects, Tabrizian perfectly evokes the lighting, sounds, architecture and even the unexpected weather changes. The final scene is pretty visceral.