Inversion

Directed by Behnam Behzadi
Noori Pictures
2016
84 Minutes
Iran
Persian
Drama
Not Rated
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Tehran's air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar's brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother. Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest. She is the youngest and she has always obeyed their orders, but this time she must stand up for herself.

  • Highest Rating
    "A thoughtful meditation on female agency in contemporary Tehran."
    Amy Bowker, Little White Lies
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    "Dolatshahi is compelling as a woman torn between familial duty and self-determination, coming alive in one particular clothes-shop confrontation."
    Simran Hans, The Observer
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    "Sahar Dowlatshahi, an actor who can emote with just gaze and eyebrows, beautifully complements [writer-director Behnam Behzad's] nuanced approach."
    Tara Brady, Irish Times
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    "The characters are intertwined with a lethal craft."
    Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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    "The elements of drama are strong, and give the film's closely observed scenes ... their power."
    Tom Birchenough, The Arts Desk
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    "[A] moving tale of dashed dreams and societal indifference."
    Paul Whitington, Irish Independent
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    "Behnam Behzadi’s absorbing film offers a subdued tale of family dynamics...."
    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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