Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Asal Badi'ie, Abolfazi Pour-Arab, Hedye Tehrani, Amin Hayayi, Elham Imani
Director: Cyrus Alvand
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Marriage is supposed to make people happy, but for two men it's both profitable and criminal in this heist comedy from Iran. The film follows Siamak, a wedding photographer who plans to rob his next ceremony he works with ... more »
LGwriter | Astoria, N.Y. United States | 12/17/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD case for this film says, at the top of the front cover, that this is an Iranian comedy in the tradition of "Take the Money and Run" and "Raising Arizona". Nothing could be further from the truth. It's tough to understand how a "comedy" could involve not just the death of one person (yes, black comedies, including American ones, do include deaths), but immense suffering created by that death. It's obvious that the blurb at the top of the front cover was thought up by some marketing "genius" in an attempt to sell this film.
The acting is OK, but the plot is completely derivative of your standard, run-of-the-mill "good people in desperate straits need money so they pull off a heist" kinda thing. A whole lot of the dialogue is stilted and clunky, and the amazing coincidence of a car coming on the highway right up in front of a person reaching that same highway on foot through a totally different route is basically ridiculous.
A photographer, his ex-wife, his friend, and the friend's wife all concoct a robbery at a very rich young guy's wedding of the chunks of jewelry given to the man and his new wife by their friends and relatives. At the same time, the photographer has plans to marry his fiancee, a woman clearly much younger than his ex-wife. But the fiancee lives with her father who does not trust the photographer...and, you know, "complications ensue".
This is definitely not a comedy, and it's also not a good example of a thriller or any other kind of film. It's just a conventional mediocre movie with some melodrama thrown in for good measure that doesn't do much but tries to do a lot.