In this gorgeously animated drama, nominated for the Critics' Week Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival, the lives of several women intersect, their stories revealing the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law.
In bustling Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. A young woman needs an operation to 'restore' her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favours from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable judgement. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently.
Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.
★★★★ "Engrossing" - Finley Crebolder, Little White Lies
★★★★ "Crackling with tension and bleak comedy" - Leslie Felperin, The Guardian