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561 Ratings

Fireworks Wednesday


Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran, 2006


On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Roohi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.

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Fireworks Wednesday Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2006 | 2nd place: Youth Jury Award

Chicago International Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Best Feature (Gold Hugo)

Fajr Film Festival

2006 | 3 wins including: Best Actress

Tehran on the eve of the Muslim New Year provides the backdrop for this engrossing Iranian drama (2006) about a marriage in crisis… Asghar Farhadi directs with subtlety.
April 28, 2016
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Seemingly trivial coincidences reveal essential plot information, not through exposition but calculated editing choices. Fireworks Wednesday stands out from Farhadi’s work in this sense, using the occasional jump cut and shift in perspective to create a distrustful sense of time and space.
April 12, 2016
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Farhadi imbues each character with hidden dimensions and makes the process of uncovering them engulfing and cathartic. Is there such a thing as “heartbreaking delight”? I think there is, andFireworks Wednesday achieves and maybe even defines it. There’s no happy ending on the horizon, but every detail is rapturously observed, and each twist in the story contains an emotional payoff.
March 17, 2016
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