Modest Reception - Paziraie Sadeh

Mani Haghighi – Iran – 2012

CHF 16.90 / EUR 15.70

A man with his arm in a cast who thus resembles Napoleon and a well-dressed woman are making their way through a war-torn mountainous region in an SUV. The boot of the car contains plastic bags filled with money to distribute to the needy people they encounter on their journey. But are the two of them really on a charitable mission or are we watching a duplicitous game of temptation and morality?

Mani Haghighi's previous film Men At Work already took the standard social criticism to be found in Iranian cinema into the realm of the absurd. Modest Reception is a film both farcical and full of anger that continues in this Beckettian vein. Its desolate location seems to have come from another world, peopled by characters that appear either uprooted or merely passing through. The apparent benefactors always attach sadistic conditions to their handouts, making one poor man swear on the Koran that he won't share the money with his equally poor relatives and preventing another from burying his baby's corpse. But even as they humiliate their victims and play their funny games, reality turns out to be a highly adept opponent, more than capable of stifling their sardonic laughter.

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Language OV farsi Subtitles english, deutsch, français 
Length 96 min. Screen 1:1.85 - 16/9 LB PAL, color Sound DD 5.1, 2.0 FSK 14+ Region code All regions 
Bonus Interview with Mani Haghighi (English/deutsch/français) | Interview with Taraneh Alidoosti (Deutsch/français) | Trailer 

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