Fireworks Wednesday (12A)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Hediyeh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti
Iran, 2006, 1 hour 50 minutes, Farsi with subtitles
From the director of the wonderful The Past and the Oscar-winning A Separation comes this compelling, multi-layered portrait of three marriages. Young and innocent, Rouhi revels in the prospect of her imminent wedding, but she sees the other side of marriage when she comes to clean for a couple in the middle of an explosive domestic conflict. Is Mojdeh’s paranoia unwarranted, or is Morteza really having an affair with the woman next door? Thanks to a tremendous script, marvellous central performances and Farhadi’s trademark subtle shifts of perspective, we are repeatedly forced to question our assumptions, leading to ever-greater sympathy for all the characters.
“Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Winner Best Feature Chicago International Film Festival 2006