A woman, trapped in her home while caring for her invalid husband, is subjected to the horrors of war in this ultra-melodramatic allegory/fable by Afghan native author/filmmaker Atiq Rahimi, adapted from his own international best-selling novel. That the film is presented in Farsi, and the woman is portrayed by iconic Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, only makes it that much more topically turbulent. Ultimately, though, it’s too much of a bad thing. That is, the misfortunes heaped upon the unnamed female protagonist overwhelm everything else – even Ms. Golshifteh’s powerful performance in what is essentially a one-character play. A genuine political psychodrama that makes its point with a sledgehammer (102 min.).
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Producer: Michael Gentile and Hani Farsi
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavdan, Hassina Burgan and Massi Mrowat