Hanieh, a 24-year-old Tehran woman, travels everyday a long way to teach at a primary school in a poor suburb. Sick of her life, she is trying to get transferred to a school in the city. When two female students disappear and are feared to have been kidnapped, her problems suddenly seem petty.
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Review Published by Next Projection
[REVIEW] 73/100 - PARADISE
Though beautifully told, the film appears to constantly loop conversation on the conflict between tradition and modernity, liberty and control, and expression and repression, without ever providing something particularly resourceful or insightful by its end.
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Portraying the Iranian trajectory finds its natural incarnation in the ill-incubated love affair of a young adult that juggles every definitive involvement with the real, as the claudicant kino-eye states her affections in a mirrored, cyclical, gaze at totalitarian propaganda and moral dictatorship.