Kasra, a dissident Iranian author who’s been secretly writing his memoirs, is under strict monitoring by the country’s security service. As he prepares to leave the country, assassins are sent for him.
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Amazing. It's always nice having God on your side, especially when torturing or killing people. I don't see this as being about Iran, but more generally what governments/religious leaders do to their people.
Commendable for exposing the Islamic Republic's crackdown on freedom of speech and it's fear of the intellectual community, made in secret and devoid of credits (for fear of recrimination) it's amazing it was completed at all. As a narrative film however it's unfortunately nothing new in terms of US vs THEM and feels very familiar to many cold war stories. It's extremely well shot with subtle direction. 3 stars
Film and architecture are probably the most elitist forms of creative expression. This is a powerful film at times, and thus the four stars, but I am always suspicious of propaganda when it comes to places I have never actually been to myself. All the more so when the country is on the other side of the U.S. imperial war machine. Such questions aside, this stands as a solid political thriller on its own terms.
"Harrowing, defiant, and exemplifying through its very existence the moral courage its totalitarian villains stamp down, Rasoulof's MDB exposes the brutal measures Iran's government takes against free expression, and does this ... powerfully.... The film, while wrenching and audacious, is crafted with that humane and observational mastery of great Iranian cinema of recent decades." - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
at the end of 70's US and Russian hegemony war on Iran,has affected left ideas, most of intellectuals and the knowledge of the younger generations. Now they are living under sharia , and that's a shame. I dont ve any idea that how he found actors for shooting this film in this country...
Like most authoritarian societies, the Islamic Republic of Iran has all the power of the state at its disposal to remove its opponents and critics, and few qualms about doing so.
The impeccably groomed censor/inquisitor makes for an easy antagonist; it's as if Winston Smith schemed his way to becoming O'Brien instead of shacking up with Julia.
Poetic, dreamlike, brutal, banal, tense, and bleak. Samizdat cinema.
given the bus incidence and disabled writer's name, this film's alluding to the pre-2000 Chain Murders. being a non-expert on anything in Iran, the story portrayed here, which sets in current time (at least post facebook and twitter) seemed significantly less powerful. The chief weaponry of the heartless censors in negotiating cooperation are "you drank vodka" & releasing foreign travel bans. And they seems to have..