It's Winter [DVD]
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Iranian drama about a worker's family left behind when he leaves to seek work abroad. A young Iranian man, desperate and with his family facing grim financial straits, decides to move abroad to seek work. His family, after not hearing from him in an increasingly long time, begins to doubt he'll be back at all. Things are further complicated when an itinerant mechanic arrives in town and sets his eye on the mother of the family, after hearing she no longer has a husband.
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The characterisation of the film, as well as its natural evocation of the tough beauty of Iran's capital, is superb, but the cinematography of 'It's Winter' is perhaps the film's most notable calling card. Ramshackle workplaces, warm hostels, and snow covered train tracks all stick in the mind as beautiful, poignant images of the film's exploration of the drifting self in society, and the attempt to establish oneself in a new, and sometimes hostile terrain. There's little one can complain about in 'It's Winter', besides its being a little too much on the short side. For those not used to or frustrated by World Cinema, the film may appear rather slow and without much in the way of traditional 'action'; but for a poignant, honest and unsentimentalised look at the human condition, and the lives of those in Modern Iran; 'It's Winter' is a hugely engaging and informative watch. Genuinely superb.
Rafi Pitts has based It's winter on `Safar', a story by famed Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi who also wrote the story on which the 1969 film Gaav (The cow) was based. The characters are working class men and women - their lives are unglamorous struggles to survive in a harsh world. As the film opens, Mokhtar (Ashem Abdi), husband to Khatoun (Mitra Hadjar) and father to a little girl (Zahra Jafari) announces to them that he has lost his job and sees no other alternative in supporting them than to travel abroad to find work. He leaves his family, including his mother-in-law (Safari Ghassemi) to survive on the meager wages earned by Khatoun, who works in near sweat-shop conditions as a seamstress.
Arriving in town around this same time is Marhab, a drifter in search of work - he presents himself as a mechanic who specializes in repairing cranes. He meets Ali Reza (Saeed Orkani), who befriends the newcomer and secures employment for him at his workplace. Their friendship has its ups and downs - Marhab is argumentative at times, and alternates between throwing himself into his work and lazing about the job drinking tea and smoking cigarettes. In his travels about the city, Marhab notices the beautiful Khatoun and takes an immediate interest in her. Customs being what they are, he cannot approach her openly or too closely, so he observes her at a distance - he even finds out where she lives and watches her house.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
thou I need watch it again in order to grasp what happens - good film .its worth buying no doubt.Published on 1 May 2014 by graham
I am quite keen on foreign films, and have enjoyed many.
This one, however,has characters who are one dimensional, and the story is meaningless. Read more