A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam (Caviezel), whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra (Aghdashloo), who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya (Marnò), whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending.
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What a great movie, but it is a theatrical production mind you. There is no denying that such barbaric actions take place and from the perspective of those of us living in western culture it is reprehensible. Consider how barbaric the U.S. must look to a country like Denmark who abolished the death penalty more than 50 years ago.
But I disagree with the undertone of a lot of the reviews here. This isn't a movie that defines violence against women or even that there is more injustice for woment than man. The movie is an eye opening, dramatic production based up an aspect of a culture we believe to be upside down. This is a movie that shows no matter the culture, there will be evil people that attempt to manipulate the system to satisfy their own lust, greed, fears and anger. In turn their victims will receive unjust punishment. Injustice is injustice and to the victim who screams for the truth to be believed the emotions and pain will be the same. Sadly when one person judges another mistakes are bound to be made, simply because we are human.
Ultimately this is a movie about how one sick s.o.b. in another country tried to use the system to get rid of his wife and that poor woman's fight. Inhumanity has and will always exist, so don't make the movie out to be some great revealing documentary, this is old news.