Septembers of Shiraz
Classic Elsternwick - Saturday 09 July 2016, 2:40pm (3D)
Running time: 110m
Classification: M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 07/07/16
Rating: 8.5/10 (ME 4/5, DP 4.5/5)
Successful jeweller Isaac (Adrien Brody) and his wife Farnez (Selma Hayek-Pinault) are living an idyllic life in Theran in 1979 until the revolution changes everything. Isaac is arrested, interrogated and tortured while his wife tries to maintain a normal life for their children.
Septembers of Shiraz is an intense story of justice, persecution and the will to survive. The performances are strong (Adrien Brody vulnerability is outstanding) and the dynamic between Isaac and his captor Mehdi (Anthony Azizi) is uncomfortable, disturbing and compelling. But it's the character of their 'servant' Habiben (Shohreh Aghdashloo) who provides the contrast between the wealth of the previously cosmopolitan Theran and her role as mother to one of the revolutionaries.
The cinematography is beautiful and, even during some of the film's bleakest moments, shines a light (often literally) on the hope that Isaac and Farnez continue to cling to. There are violent elements seen and unseen that some viewers will find disturbing, but these moment are used effectively to propel the plot. Recommended despite its confronting nature. (ME)