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From the Oscar-winning director of A Separation and the Silver Bear-winning About Elly, Asghar Farhadi, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY is an engrossing portrait of three marriages set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. The story begins with Rouhi (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young bride-to-be who takes a temporary job cleaning for a family in northern Tehran. Upon arriving at the apartment she finds herself in the middle of an explosive domestic conflict between Mojdeh (Hedyeh Tehrani) and her husband Morteza (Hamid Farokh-Nejad). Mojdeh suspects that Morteza is cheating on her with the next door neighbour, Simin (Pantea Bahram), a woman who set up an illegal beauty salon in her apartment after her own marriage broke up.
Over the course of the day, the young woman, the sparring couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications as the truth unfolds.
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Whilst the class and gender politics at the heart of the story reveal much about modern Iran, Farhadi's humanist viewpoint make this a far more universal drama about the role of women in society and the global concern of a world governed by a domineering patriarchy. A formidable and technically accomplished drama.
What I especially like about Asghar Farhadi's films is the powerful well-written script which reveals the facts and truths gradually in a way that challenges our assumptions about the events unfolding in front of our eyes. The acting is superb and the music is sublime.
This is a gripping drama about love, betrayal, lack of trust. domestic violence, and the emotional and physiological aches that weigh heavy on our hears and souls.
By the way, I saw The Past (Farhadi's latest film) and I even liked Fireworks Wednesday better :)
The action transpires on a single day in Tehran during the celebration of the Iranian new year (a holiday where a lot of fireworks are thrown). The young Rouhi (played by the pretty and talented Taraneeh Alidosti, who was in About Elly), is a working class woman that will soon marry her boyfriend. She gets a temporary job cleaning a apartment in a middle class neighborhood. Upon arriving at the apartment she finds herself in the middle of a heated domestic dispute between Mojdeh and Morteza. Mojdeh (Heyde Tehrani, who's great) suspects that her husband Morteza is cheating on her with the next door neighbor Simin, a woman who set up a beauty salon there after her own marriage broke up. Over the course of the day, Rouhi, the fighting couple, their small son, the wife's sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges and confrontations, as the truth unfolds.
Of course, the central conceit of the film, that the residents of the apartment complex would trust this cleaning lady they barely know so much they would confide to her all their problems, is absurd. At one point, Mojdeh even asks Rouhi to pick her young son at school (she has only known her for a few hours, and already trusts her to fetch her son, whom she has never met!)
Not knowing much about Iranian culture, I was intrigued by the relationship between Rouhi and her boyfriend.Read more ›
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wonderful script well acted totally plausible. and you have to pay attention, little details enlighten subsequent events, which is as it should be [unless you brought up on a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith Matthews
Some of the actions were quite subtle and rapid - especially the opening sequence - which made it hard to grab, especially while watching and simultaneously reading the subtitles . Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hampstead Ann
A morally unrefined film by Farhadi, I was expecting the same moral standards that his other films convey.Published 14 months ago by PJ
Intriguing film about little understood culture and the way they get through life and if you are the patient type it is a really good watch and a great deal better than most of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by LeBrit
Truly an amazing film. Very well made. The script, acting and every other department is perfect. Highly recommended.Published on 20 Oct. 2014 by K. Karimi
Found the film most interesting but missed something in the ending, however that is why I like foreign films as it makes one think, Share with the family and then have... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by Diane