Septembers of Shiraz
Directed by Wayne Blair
In this adaptation of the critically acclaimed debut novel by Iranian American author Dalia Sofer, a secular Jewish family is caught up in the maelstrom of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
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★★★½ review by Meaghan on Letterboxd
I managed to get a ticket to the premiere screening of Septembers of Shiraz at TIFF 2015; I decided to see it on a whim the day of the screening and I'm so glad I gave it a shot. Adrien Brody and Salma Hayek-Pinault each gave really moving performances, as did the lovely Shoreh Aghdashloo in a supporting role. I really appreciated how complex and realistically flawed these characters were; Salma Hayek-Pinault's character was obviously very sympathetic for going through so many hardships while still trying to stay strong and resourceful for her family, but I really liked seeing how the film also showed her as being somewhat tone deaf on the subject of her own privilege. In contrast, Shoreh Aghdashloo's character says and does some fairly misguided things, but you can also see where her attitude is coming from. Adrian Brody's character experienced some abhorrent treatment in prison and you can really feel his and his family's despair and desperation as they try to get him released from prison after being arrested and accused of espionage.
★★★★ review by Jeffrey Rubenstein on Letterboxd
Powerful drama about a Jewish family in Iran after 1979.
★★★★ review by bevaroo1 on Letterboxd
Very interesting movie. Well done by Adrian Brody , Selma Hayek, & a fave actress of mine ..... Shohreh Aghdashloo. She is fabulous in every role I have seen her in.
★★★★ review by Mirthbound on Letterboxd
Probably the fifth Adrien Brody movie I've seen this year; this guy's full-on Juno Templing 2016.
★★★★ review by stella lav on Letterboxd
it is hard to criticize a film that you have worked on, but i think they did a really great job of telling this story even on such a small budget.
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