The Charmer

Directed by Milad Alami
Film Movement
102 Minutes
Denmark, Sweden
Danish, Persian
Drama, Thriller, Romance
Not Rated

"The Charmer" is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love with one woman as another woman's husband sets out for revenge.

Director & Cast




  • "It’s impressive that Alami can put all this across — romance, suspense and, in the moving final act, a kind of tragedy — and maintain the movie’s nimbleness. But he’s a natural storyteller."
    Wesley Morris, The New York Times
  • "A sharply crafted drama that has elements of noirish suspense, the Danish-Swedish coproduction, which is distinguished by exceptionally fine performances by its three leading actors, offers an incisive, penetrating look at the psychological disorientation and dilemmas of people caught between cultures. "
    Godfrey Cheshire,
  • "Milad Alami’s superb Danish thriller, “The Charmer,” is a rebuke to the offensive stereotypes so often perpetuated by the American media. "
    Matt Fagerholm,
  • "... a topical, tightly wound slow-burner."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
  • "...cleverly balances psychological thrills with astute drama."
    Mark Adams, Screen Daily
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