Tale of the Sea
2018, Bahman Farmanara, Iran, 97 min.
With Bahman Farmanara, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Leila Hatami
- Sat, Mar 2nd 8:00pm
- Sun, Mar 3rd 5:15pm
“The filmmaker’s most personal and touching film to date.”--Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
Veiled references to the year 2009, when Iran erupted in waves of political demonstrations that were ultimately crushed by brutal violence, permeate this poetic, mystery-filled story of a man teetering on the edge of mist-shrouded madness and facing the imminent death of his marriage. Writer Taher Mohebi, played by director Farmanara (A HOUSE BUILT ON WATER; SMELL OF CAMPHOR, SCENT OF JASMINE), is a man in poor health who has just been released from an asylum to the care of his much younger wife Jaleh (Motamed-Arya). She is close to the limit of endurance for their life in a remote seaside retreat, and for her husband’s solitary reveries, secret meetings, and suspected past infidelities. When young Parvaneh (Hatami), adult daughter of an estranged friend, arrives unannounced with a life-altering revelation, it proves a turning point in more than marriage. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)