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The Need (1992)

Niaz (original title)
| Drama | 1992 (Iran)
Two boys compete for one job they both need desperately. This movie portrays their rivalry.


Alireza Davoudnejad (screenplay), Ali Akbar Ghazinezam (screenplay)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Mohammad-Reza Davoudnejad Mohammad-Reza Davoudnejad
Tarahom Fathi Tarahom Fathi
Shojaoddin Habibian Shojaoddin Habibian
Shohreh Lorestani Shohreh Lorestani ... Ali's mother
Ezzatollah Solhju Mehraban Ezzatollah Solhju Mehraban
Ali Suri Ali Suri
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Set in Tehran during the aftermath of Ayatollah Khomeni's death, 'The Need' depicts the life of young, fatherless Ali as he attempts to enter manhood. Struggling to balance his work with his home life, Ali works as a labourer by day and studies by night to spare his vulnerable mother the need to support his schoolwork. When he is offered a lucrative placement in a printing works, he realises this could be his ticket out of his menial construction job. However, he is not the only one vying for the position, and a bitter rivalry soon ensues between Ali and his eager competition, someone who has as much to gain, and lose, as Ali himself. Written by IMVBox.com

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Integrity, Individual and Cinematic
24 January 2015 | by DevikaSethiSee all my reviews

A story set in one of Tehran's poorest neighbourhoods, where cobblers, construction workers and maids live around communal courtyards. Ali, the protagonist, struggles to study and help his mother by getting any job he can find. He ends up in a printer's shop, and the film tells the story of his rivalry with another boy in a cut-throat world. When faced with difficult choices (to tell on a co-worker for instance) he displays unwavering integrity, leading even his rival to commend him as a 'real man' at the end of the film.

Beautiful musical score featuring the Daf enlivens the film. There are memorable images, such as an aerial shot of a fruit seller pushing his way through a fight between two boys. A memorable dialogue: a typesetter, after detailing the hazards of the job, takes great pride in his work by saying that had there been no typesetters, there would be been no publications, no science, and no rockets!

Ali's mother, his father's old friend, and his colleagues at the printer's shop all perform their role with admirable natural-ness. Ali and Reza, the two teenage rivals, appear stilted at times.

A film portraying the 'average' lives of 'average' folks who nevertheless are capable of extraordinary acts of kindness.

This film is available on disk as part of a set of films released by the Khane Cinema (House of Cinema Association) in 2009.

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1992 (Iran) See more »

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Tehran, Iran

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