The cat-umentary we have all been waiting for, this irresistibly charming film chronicles the fortunes of the beloved street cats of Istanbul. In Turkish culture caring for these animals is a cultural and religious obligation, and it’s estimated that in the capital there are as many cats as citizens. This beautifully crafted and crafty film has asides on a relationship more symbiotic than it first appears and reveals as much about the human animals of Istanbul as it does about the felines of this ancient city. Suitable for all ages. In Turkish with English subtitles.
"Splendidly graceful and quietly magical." Variety
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After scoring an Oscar for A Separation and making The Past in Paris, Asghar Farhadi returns to Tehran for this quietly gripping drama about a couple, amateur actors appearing in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (hence the film’s title), whose relationship starts to splinter in the aftermath of an assault.
Forced to move apartments quickly when their building almost collapses, married couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) accept an offer from a friend and hastily move into a new flat, not knowing that its previous occupant, whose things remain strewn about the place, was a woman despised by her neighbours for having too many “male friends.” In the process of moving her stuff out and their stuff in, Rana leaves the door ajar for her husband, only to be confronted and attacked by a strange man. As Rana retreats into herself, Emad, frustrated by his inability to either comfort her or to help her move on, decides to play detective and find the culprit himself. But if and when he does, what will he do then? And at what cost?
In Persian and English with English subtitles.
In the film's stunning third act ... Farhadi's occasionally shaky parallels between art and life are distilled into a brilliantly staged, searingly confrontational chamber piece. -Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Winner of 2017 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.