Mourning (2011) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • A violent quarrel breaks out between a couple at midnight. Being at a relative,s house in the north of Iran, they depart for Tehran in the middle of the night, but they do not bring along their son. Something terrible happens on their way...

  • In this darkly comic road trip, a deaf couple take responsibility for their nephew, Arshia, following the death of his parents. Most children are ignorant to the problems of adults by sheer ignorance but Arshia literally cannot understand the frantic signing between his aunt and uncle. What follows is a film that stands out for its cinematic poetry by conveying the premise that even where disability is present, compassion is universal through even the simplest of gestures.


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  • A couple is driving their young nephew back to Tehran. They travel for the funeral of the young boy's parents who were killed in a car accident the previous evening.

    They are at pains not to let the boy know, all the while needing to discuss the matter themselves. But a traumatic incident and three people confined in a car on a long road trip is a recipe for tension. Add in a traffic jam caused by an accident, a breakdown, the need to decide who will look after the boy and his needing a toilet break more frequently than seems possible.

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