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Fireworks Wednesday [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Asghar Farhadi
Fireworks Wednesday [DVD] DVD ~ Asghar Farhadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Formidable, 15 July 2014
This is a thoroughly engrossing and densely textured piece, showing Farhadi's great skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage. Set in Teheran, during the traditional boisterous New Year celebrations, involving fireworks in the street, the focus is of course on the emotional explosions resulting from warring marital partners and their world of little secrets and lies that comes with the territory of marriage and the effects of these on the central character as she guesses what might be in store for her in the married future. As with his other films, Farhadi shows a Haneke-seque cool control in his camerawork, especially in the gripping street-brawl scene,… Read more
The Past [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bérénice Bejo
The Past [DVD] DVD ~ Bérénice Bejo
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This highly complex, intricate drama is a tragedy of good intentions and bad beginnings messily intertwined with wrong decisions that seemed right at the time - Farhadi shows the desperation and anger involved in trying to annul incorrect life choices and defy the past. An excellent opening sequence shows an about to be divorced married couple banging their car while reversing - looking back needs careful handling.

It's perhaps a little contrived in places, but this a very sophisticated, morally serious film from a sophisticated, morally serious film maker at the top of his game; a pressure cooker of passion and anguish. Just as in 'A Separation', it is the agony of splitting… Read more
Smoke Fairies ~ Smoke Fairies
Smoke Fairies ~ Smoke Fairies
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want it forever, 8 Jun 2014
I wish I had the Smoke Fairies' gift for words to say how wonderful this album is.

I loved their earlier efforts, and at first hearing, I must admit I was a bit sceptical, but repeated playing has won me over. Again.

I read somewhere that it's written by Davies as an apology to Blamire for her temporary loss of heart, and there's a distinct sense of re-pledged optimism throughout, but I can't help feeling there's more to it than this. Opener ‘We’ve Seen Birds’ feels spontaneous and upbeat, with husky voices swooping over brassy drum beats and strident keys - check out the lovely, cheerfully symbolic video in which the boiler-suited friends build a giant bird together,… Read more