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Film Series : 29th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Reza

2018, Alireza Motamedi, Iran, 94 min.
With Alireza Motamedi, Sahar Dowlatshahi

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  • Sat, Feb 16th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Feb 17th 3:00pm

“Whimsical originality…every turn of this offbeat comedy undercuts audience expectations.”-- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

This fresh and unexpected take on the romantic comedy delivers a thoroughly enjoyable look at an accidental ladies’ man navigating the mysteries of female attraction when his capricious wife Fati (Dowlatshahi) calls it quits. Reza (director Motamedi), a big blonde teddy bear of an Isfahan architect, is clueless when his wife of nine years asks for a divorce. He gamely follows through to please her, and the amiable pair don hostile faces to indicate their seeming incompatibility to the judge. At loose ends, Reza finds that women find him, including Violet (Setareh Pesyani), the winsome café owner he consoles in a crisis. Dating lurches along, but irrepressible Fati has a way of dropping back into his life at the most inopportune moments. A bonus factor is the film’s Isfahan setting, shown off to alluring advantage by Ali Tabrizi’s cinematography. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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