Leila (1999)


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Movie Info

An Iranian newlywed is happy until her tradition-minded, meddling mother-in-law starts insisting on having a male grandchild.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Mahnaz Ansarian, Dariush Mehrjui
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2000
First Run



as Leila, the Wife

as Reza, the Husband

as Reza's Mother

as Leila's Uncle

as Leila's Mother

as Reza's Father

as Second Wife
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Critic Reviews for Leila

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Full Review… | July 16, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Leila

The tragedy of a love torn apart by each partner's overeagerness to please the other

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Another winner from the Iranian cinema. I was struck by recent comments by an expert that most Iranians do not see their art house films and that most of their films are rubbish. Thank goodness this is the sort of film that the rest of the world associates with the country.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


A scene in this movie shows the young couple watching "Dr. Zhivago". This was a fitting tribute as "Leila" is a similar tragic romance. The titular actress did an incredible job, though her supporting cast could have been a bit better.

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