This will be the third Asghar Farhadi film (that I am aware of) seen by our group, with still another one scheduled for the week after this one. I think one could definitely say that we are fans of the subtle but powerful style of this Iranian director.
On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
Director: Asghar Farhadi Writers: Asghar Farhadi, Mani Haghighi Stars: Hedye Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti and Hamid Farokhnezhad
Subtitles. 35mm. 102 minutes.
CIA member, $7.00
7:30 P.M. MOVIE
If you don't see the group outside the auditorium beforehand, look for us inside. We will gather outside the auditorium doors following the movie.
Cinémathèque has its own free parking lot.
AFTER MOVIE DISCUSSION
Since this is Case's graduation weekend, the University Circle restaurants are jammed with reservations already. So we might wander over to Presti's Bakery in Little Italy, where we can choose a stromboli, tortellini salad, cannoli... or something else delicious... to munch during our discussion.
They are open until 10:30.
I would also be open to other suggestions...
On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife's suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry.
Under Farhadi's disciplined hand, Fireworks Wednesday is a spare but explosive story of personal turmoil aggravated by relentless institutional oppression. ~The Hollywood Reporter
...subtle, but powerful. ~Jonathan Hutchings
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