Tehran: City of Love

Tehran: City of Love

Ali Jaberansari (2018)

102min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Having impressed with his debut film, Falling Leaves (2013), London Film School graduate Ali Jaberansari reveals the influence of mentor Abbas Kiarostami in this deceptive deadpan drama. Precisely paced and offering shrewd insights into the tension between tradition and progress in modern-day Iran, the action flits between three characters: ex-bodybuilding champion Hessam (Amir Hessam Bakhtiari), beauty parlour receptionist Mina (Forough Ghajabagli), and funeral singer Vahid (Mehdi Saki). Each has a secret to hide, as Hessam is gay and struggling to conceal his attraction to his protégé, plump Mina prank calls her male clients in the guise of sexy Sara, and Vahid has told his provincial parents that he is loving his job and happily engaged. As events conspire to compel the impeccably played trio to face up to reality, Jaberansari and co-scenarist Maryam Najafi question assumptions about physical beauty, while also examining the way in which ordinary people keep kicking against the restrictions imposed by an Islamic state.

Cast & Crew

Mina Forough Ghajabagli
Vahid Mehdi Saki
Hessam Amir Hessam Bakhtiari
Niloufar Behnaz Jafari
Director Ali Jaberansari

Other Information

Language: Farsi +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: New WaveGuidance: SwearingReleased on: 11 Oct 2019