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2.4
34 Ratings

Tales

Ghesseha

Directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Iran, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class society.

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Tales Directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
The film (2014) works better in vignettes than as a whole, and the use of a documentary filmmaker to tie all the stories together and comment on society’s ills is too facile. But several of the more minor characters’ interactions are searing, from a corrupt government official humiliating a retiree who’s been denied health-care coverage to an abusive drug addict bawling to his wife from the other side of a closed door, “I don’t have anyone but you.”
November 17, 2016
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[Tales is] arguably the best Iranian feature of late… It is an intelligent, reflexive venture, a construction en abyme subsuming the work done, both in documentary and fiction, in the last 20-odd years.
December 23, 2014
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Tales is often a blunt and heavy-handed film, but in one electrifying scene that is a single ten-minute take on a bus filled with factory workers, we hear about: inflation, drugs, suicide, AIDS, labor unrest, worker exploitation and male domination. What is shocking is that this discussion takes place in an Iranian film.
November 10, 2014
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