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A Respectable Family

A Respectable Family

Original Title: Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram
Director: Massoud Bakhshi
France, Iran | Farsi
2012 | 90min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
15+
When an expat professor returns to Iran after 22 years abroad, he becomes mired in bureau-cratic frustrations and domestic intrigue in this daringly caustic drama that marks the narrative feature debut of prize-winning documentarian Massoud Bakhshi (Tehran Has No More Pomegranates). As his semester teaching at Shiraz University draws to a close with school authorities interfering with his syllabus, Arash (Babak Hamidian) finds himself unable to return to France because he lacks a military exemption. Meanwhile, the death of his estranged father, a brutal war profiteer, leads his loathsome half-brother (Mehran Ahamadi) and nephew (Mehrdad Sedighian) to launch a byzantine scheme to nab the patriarch’s entire fortune.

Moving between Shiraz and Tehran and the present and the past like a game of narrative hide-and-seek, the film is haunted by the eight-year Iran-Iraq war and the young men martyred during those years. Bakhshi excels at creating an atmosphere of existential threat, particularly in the contemporary scenes. There are also some powerful visual metaphors and a sophisticated sound design. Kudos to fans of Iranian cinema who can name the Amir Naderi film that Arash is trying to screen for his class.

– Alissa Simon

Director,  Massoud Bakhshi

Director,  Massoud Bakhshi

Massoud Bakhshi was born in Tehran and studied filmmaking in Italy and France. His first film, Cine Citta (1999), won the prize for best documentary at the Tehran Film Festival. His 2007 documentary Tehran Has No More Pomegranates! garnered a number of international awards. A Respectable Family (2012) is his narrative feature debut.

Cast and Crew

Director
Massoud Bakhshi
Cast
Babak Hamidian, Mehrdad Sedighian, Ahoo Kheradmand, Mehran Ahmadi, Parivash Nazarieh.
Production Company
Firoozei Films & JBA Production
Producer
Mohammad Afarideh, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
Screenwriter
Massoud Bakhshi
Editor
Jacques Comets
Cinematographer
Mehdi Jafari
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