Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
Rafi Pitts, an Iranian who has worked in Britain and France, paints an arrestingly spartan picture of life in an icily beautiful hinterland where men drift from town to town in search of work – and grasp what love and companionship they can find along the way. This is a snowbound Iranian flatland we have not seen before – and a protagonist whose truculent contempt for exploiters and exploited alike smoulders with a sexual energy equally unprecedented in Iranian cinema.
“A striking blend of raw realism and poetic lyricism, charting the determination of a faintly irresponsible young mechanic to win the heart of an attractive young woman whose husband has gone abroad in search of work… At times the film looks as if it’s about to turn into an Iranian village version of The Postman Always Rings Twice but the movie is more concerned with the effects of poverty, unemployment, rootlessness, shame and commitment than with the deadly consequences of sexual desire. It looks a dream, features some quite stunning music, and displays a quiet but bold directorial assurance.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out