Movie: Baran


This is an excellent glimpse into everyday life in Iran. Both city- and country-scapes are integrated into the story seamlessly. Water is almost a character in itself, playing its part as rain, snow, pools, and rivers. The movie does a good job of portraying the social interactions between native Iranians and Afgan refugees. But the heart of the story, a relationship between a young Afgan girl and Iranian construction worker, was beyond my reach. I could tell that both characters were more restrained by their cultural landscape than their own fears, but this is a landscape that is more difficult to capture on film. My ignorance of the two cultures made the characters’ behavior into a strange dance, with no way for me to tell which moves were choreographed and which were improvised on the spot.


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