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Stray Dogs

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Marziyeh Meshkini
  • 88 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The story of survival of 2 children in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Their mother has been imprisoned for "adultery" and their father is in Guantanamo Bay.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Post-Taliban Afghanistan provides the desolate backdrop for Iranian director Marziyeh Meshkini's discomforting drama about a brother, a sister and a dog. Non-professionals Zahed and Gol-Ghotai deliver miraculous performances as the young siblings left to fend for themselves after their mother is imprisoned on a fallacious adultery charge brought by their neglectful father. But while the waifs' attachment to a frisky dog rescued from Kabul's bombed-out ruins is quaint and their resourceful approach to survival is endearing, Meshkini isn't always able to keep sentimentality at bay. Consequently, this effective but rather contrived reworking of Bicycle Thieves - the protagonists actually watch Vittorio De Sica's 1948 neorealist classic - often feels as manipulative as it is moving.

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Credits

Cast

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GirlGol-Ghotai
BoyZahed
MotherAgheleh Rezaie
Atef, guardSohrab Akbari
Angry guardJamil Ghanizadeh
Female guardAgheleh Shamsollah
Mad old manRazeddin Sayyar
GrandmotherMaydeh Gol
Woman with burqaGhomri Valad Amir

Crew

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DirectorMarziyeh Meshkini

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye
Released on
2006-08-18
Languages
Persian
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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