Compelling Iranian drama about a widow who has to distance herself from her twelve-year-old son as a condition for remarrying.

Please note that this film is in Persian, with Dutch subtitles.
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As economic sanctions tighten on Iran, it is the voiceless who suffer most. Leila, a widow who works tirelessly at a failing factory, is trying to provide for her infant and her 12-year-old son, Amir. A solution to her financial hardships comes in the form of a marriage proposal from the factory bus driver, Kazem. Weighing heavily on Leila’s conscience is one unwavering caveat: as Kazem has a young daughter of Amir’s age, tradition and propriety dictate that Amir cannot share the family home. Under the judgmental eyes of her community and her hostile co-workers, Leila is forced to consider a utilitarian decision for her family that could also fracture it.
In her fiction-feature debut, Mahnaz Mohammadi crafts an authentic story of a relationship between a mother and a son, threatened by their culture, in all its tense complexity. The screenplay was penned by renowned Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN, A MAN OF INTEGRITY). (source:

Mahnaz Mohammadi, Iran, 2019, 102 min. Persian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Raha Khodayari, Mahan Nasiri, Reza Behbudi, Maryam Boubani, Shiva Ordooie.
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