In director Ali Mosaffa’s psychological story, his wife in real life, Leila Hatami, pretty much plays herself – a beautiful and gifted Iranian film star. But the male focus of the story is the heroine’s recently deceased husband Koshrow.
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A dangerous miscalculation in constructing the perfect house leads to the demise of a husband of a famous actor. The husband in his ghost form then narrates a movie with a complex set of parallel and repeated sequences which in the end turns out to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
It's hard to tell whether The Last Step is incredibly subtle (after all, it cribs from Joyce and Tolstoy) or plain incomprehensible. There are a lot of weird narrative choices here, that might have helped achieve thematic clarity in a better film, but that fail to connect given the amateurish direction. The best part: Leila Hatami's performance. Her eyes always display an impressively wide range of emotions.
Muddles around circling toward the conclusion. We're meant to be interested in puzzling out what, exactly, lead to the narrator's death, but there's more interest in how much longer the movie will last. It's not awful; it is mediocre.