Lacking the brilliance that Pitts first film 'Season Five" eshibited. This miserabalist little slice of life sticks to a harsh realism to belabor its point; of leaving one's homeland for a supposed richer life versus staying and fighting for daily survival in a home of little opportunity or labour. Not without merit but uninvolving and dire. Rich soundtrack however.
"It's Winter" is an amazing film, but bitter. I loved the imagery, feel and music... Especially music (Akhavan Saless poem sung by Shajarian). By watching two of his films, I can say Rafi Pitts is one of my favorite film makers who's aware of Iranian literature, poetry, music and art.