This movie by Asghar Farhadi made me an immediate fan of him. This is my second Iranian movie after "The Color of Paradise". Again one similarity I noticed in this movie is moral is same in every corner of the world but law is different but it is done in good spirit.
Another revelation was Tehran looks as good as any western city at least whatever was shown in the movie looked very modern. Also life has the same joy and sorrow in Tehran as it is in Kanyakumari. Though we hear that women are not given freedom in Muslim countries this movie has some strong women. They are no different from any women we see in Chennai.
The movie has multiple knots and all are connected to a main plot and it drags you inside like a strong current. We learn a lot about culture and lifestyle in Iran. It is indeed a pity we don't see such simple but strong emotional movies in India.
The number of movies I watch has reduced and consequentially the number of blogs I write also has reduced. The color of paradise is the first Iranian movie I am watching and it was indeed a very different experience. One thing I notice when I watch movies made by people from different cultures is that human emotions and morals are same across the world.
One thing that surprised me was I have always imagined Iran to be a desert and in this movie I could see that my assumption was wrong. The movie is about the relationship between a father and his blind son. It is a very emotional movie and the ending is left to the viewers interpretation. If you are looking for an beautiful emotional experience this movie is for you.
Close on the heals of The Chaser here is another post on another great Korean movie. This movie is all about being kind and about friendship. When we watch such other language movies we can see how much our culture and their culture, our thinking and their thinking, our life and their life are similar. We always imagine that the life among people who live far away from us will be very exotic or too tragic but we will be surprised to see that they are exactly the same. It is also surprising that the moral values are also same across the globe.
Coming to this movie we will feel shocked and sad for the life of woman who suffers a lot under her husband and gossip mongers. It resembles some of our old Tamil movies. I can immediately think of a Tamil movie called "Porter Kandhan" where the hero goes through trouble after trouble till the last scene of the movie.
It is the same heroine from The Chaser and the acting is top notch and the message conveyed is beautiful. Since I didn't know what to expect from the movie right from the start every scene was engaging and made me wonder where all was going. The ending is different and I felt it was a great ending. This is one movie which you shouldn't miss.