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In this Iranian comedy from up-and-coming female filmmaker Parisa Bakhtavar, a pretty but poor girl (Baran Kosari) gets into a fender bender in her father's car. She solicits the help of her savvy friend (Saber Abi), who sells bootleg videos in an upscale condo. The pair descends on the building's residents in hopes of making some fast money, and what ensues makes for "a whirligig comedy...carrying hints of the ensemble-shuffling of Robert Altman, the snarkiness of Preston Sturges and the pace of Billy Wilder" (Robert Koehler, Variety). In Persian with English subtitles.

Parisa Bakhtavar---Iran---2008---111 mins.