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Modest Reception (2012)

Paziraie sadeh (original title)
An Iranian couple from the city drive around a remote mountainous region. They hand out bags of money to poor villagers in return for them carrying out unusual requests the couple make of them.

Director:

Mani Haghighi

Writers:

Mani Haghighi (screenplay), Amir Reza Koohestani
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Cast

Cast overview:
Taraneh Alidoosti ... Leyla
Mani Haghighi ... Kaveh
Saeed Changizian Saeed Changizian ... Soldier
Esmaeel Khalaj Esmaeel Khalaj ... Old Man
Saber Abar ... Young Man (as Saber Abbar)
Mohammad Aghebati Mohammad Aghebati ... Cafe Owner
Danial Fathi Danial Fathi ... Younger Child
Himan Dehgani Himan Dehgani ... Older Child
Naqi Seif-Jamali Naqi Seif-Jamali ... Man with Donkey
Nader Fallah Nader Fallah ... Working Man
Vahid Aghapoor Vahid Aghapoor ... Morteza Kerendi
Ghorban Nadjafi Ghorban Nadjafi ... Man at the Cemetery
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Storyline

It is clear from this film's explosive opening sequence that there is more to Leila and Kaveh than meets the eye. Armed with sacks of banknotes, the pair are on a mission to donate millions to the needy of rural Iran - whether the targets of their philanthropy want the money or not. The couple's ambiguous relationship shrouds them in mystery, and as we follow them on their quest, it becomes clear that Kaveh's increasingly sadistic nature threatens to overwhelm their good deeds. There are subtle nods to Tarantino's dark humour in this gripping drama, which questions the very nature of charity itself. Written by IMVBox.com

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

2 January 2013 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Modest Reception See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurdistan, Iran

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Production Co:

Hubert Bals Fund See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Something unexpected from Iran
29 June 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A Tehran couple Leyla and Kaveh drive about a mountain region somewhere in Iran and offer bags of money to the poor people they encounter in return for these folks carrying out actions that increase in inappropriateness.

The thing I thing that struck me most about Modest Reception was the way in which it went against my pre-conceived ideas about Iran. It surprised me that a film with such immoral central characters would have been permitted to have been made there in the first place. My ignorance I admit. Secondly, the way the female character Leyla was portrayed was much unexpected. She was very liberated and assertive. She was the one who did the driving, she was more than a match for her husband in the fiery insults and she looked quite atypical in her cool little feminine woollen hat. My ignorance at work once again obviously. But it just goes to show that the perception of Iran from a western perspective can be somewhat skewered.

The star and director Mani Haghighi said that there was no real message to the film and that people have interpreted all kinds of allegorical meanings into the narrative; which he found a little tedious. It is an odd film and I certainly felt I was probably missing something, in terms of overall understanding. But perhaps there isn't as much to understand as you imagine. Maybe it is simply a strange and surreal tale about a couple who decide to rock the boat a bit to see what will happen.


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