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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those films who's power sneaks up on you, 30 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Under Skin of City [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This neo-realist style examination of a struggling Iranian family, by Iran's best known
female film-maker has a quiet complexity, and an anger simmering just under its surface.

It also makes one question just how closed a society Iran really was in 2001, when this
film was voted best of the year by Iranian film critics. (Although, sadly, things look like
they have gone backward since this film was made, when free elections were just starting
to becoming a reality.)

A few twists are familiar or `melodramatic', but Bani-Etemad handles them with a subtle
reality that seems to spring from her background making documentaries, and keeps them
from feeling heavy handed.

While I was watching it I liked it, but it was only after its startling ending that I found
myself deeply shaken and thinking.
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