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This fascinating film by Massoud Kimiayi, one of the few active filmmakers from Iran's pre-revolutionary period, shows the personal effect on one man of the country's societal reforms. Amir (Dariush Arjmand) serves 12 years in prison for killing his brother's unfaithful fiancee--an act he considers necessary to restore the family's honor. In jail he is treated as a hero, but upon his release Amir finds that his country has changed considerably and his murder is now considered barbaric. "Long time screen presence Arjmand builds a subtle portrait of an alienated, prematurely old man" (Robert Koehler, Variety). In Farsi with English subtitles.

Massoud Kimiayi---Iran---2000---102 mins.