Tehran: City of Love
2018, Ali Jaberansari, Iran/UK/Netherlands, 102 min.
With Forough Ghajabagli, Mehdi Saki
- Sat, Feb 15th 8:00pm
- Sun, Feb 16th 3:00pm
“Warm, witty and full of empathy…some fine sight gags.”—Andrew Winter, The Digital Fix
“Tapestry of romantic manners mixes wry social commentary with arch arthouse humor…clear homage to Aki Kaurismäki, Roy Andersson and early Jim Jarmusch”—Hannah McGill, Sight & Sound
In a perfect Valentine’s Day chaser, three surprising tales of thwarted romance combine droll deadpan comedy with a look at maneuvers on the clandestine side of love. Director Jaberansari ventures into unusual territory for Iranian cinema, with innuendo-laced escapades involving catfishing, stalking, gay attraction, and a wedding reception that runs afoul of the law. Mina, a lonely overweight receptionist at a unisex body-salon for the sleek and buff, employs an ingenious method for getting close virtually to her employer’s most attractive male clients. Hessam, a personal trainer, lets longing interfere with a career opportunity when a hunky young weightlifter seeks his services. The potential for success comes with an unexpected down side when Vahid, a funeral singer at a mosque, opts for a career change and a radical new style in the hope of attracting women. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)