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Sharzad, a lawyer in modern-day Tehran, loses custody of her seven-year-old son after a divorce from a powerful businessman. Her ex-husband's obsession with work and lack of proper homemaking skills only makes her son's diabetes worse, forcing Sharzard to take matters into her own hands. Though a tightly wound family drama anyone can relate to, Herazan Zan Mesle Man also offers a first-hand look at how young sophisticates live in a severely patriarchal society. As the title suggests, Sharzad's case is hardly unique as institutions are clearly biased against women--even highly competent ones--a point made clear by the courtroom where separate entrances exist for men and women. A fascinating look at Iranian culture and politics. In Persian with English subtitles.

Reza Karimi---Iran---2000---108 mins.