A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.
Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental.
| Original Score: 3/5
First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.
A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary.
| Original Score: 2/4
A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.
It takes this never-ending confusion and hatred, puts a human face on it, evokes shame among all who are party to it and even promotes understanding.
It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.
captures that perverse element of the Kafkaesque where identity, overnight, is robbed and replaced with a persecuted "other."
It's good; indeed, it's important.
Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.
The film is powerful, accessible and funny. You won't miss its messages, but you'll be entertained as well.
Maryam is a small film, but it offers large rewards.
| Original Score: 3/4
Maryam is more timely now than ever.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The picture would be better suited to public television, where its modest character will be more at home and its didacticism perhaps less blatant.
| Original Score: C+
Not only a coming-of-age story and cautionary parable, but also a perfectly rendered period piece.
| Original Score: B
A lack of thesis makes Maryam, in the end, play out with the intellectual and emotional impact of an after-school special.
Carefully crafted, notably in its deft dramatic structuring, and has become timely in a way its maker could never have anticipated.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.