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The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

Shabhaye Zayandeh-Rood | شبهای زاینده رود

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran, 1990
Drama
  • Persian
  • English
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Synopsis

The story of an anthropologist and his daughter unfolds during 3 different periods: before, during and after the Iranian Revolution. She treats suicidal patients in the ER of a local hospital. The reason behind each suicide attempt is different, especially before compared to after the Revolution.

Our take

MUBI & Nang’s focus on “filmmakers in transit” resumes with Iranian New Wave pioneer—now living in exile—Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Originally removed from circulation by the censors, this incisive, formally intrepid socio-political critique sees the light 25 years late, having lost none of its relevance.

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