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Shabhaye Zayandeh-Rood | شبهای زاینده رود

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran, 1990

Korial's rating of the film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

What a great movie it would have been! It breaks my heart knowing the full cut has been lost forever. Sharp dialogues about socio-political change and the persistence of a society's cultural traits; women's condition; existentialism. Also, a subtle and bitter irony is conveyed through the paradoxical stories behind many of the suicide attempts. Despite the censorship, it stands proud.