Ava (2018)


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An exquisitely composed, gripping drama from debut filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi, Ava follows a young teenage girl living with her family in Tehran, who, after an act of betrayal by her mother, feels increasingly compelled to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.

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Foroughi's visual storytelling is impressive.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Ava is a layered, complex character, and one that anyone who was ever a teenager can identify with.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Foroughi finds the balance in an overwrought situation.

Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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While Ava may not reach the rousing heights of the similarly-themed titles like Wadjda and Mustang, it certainly puts its sharp-eyed filmmaker Foroughi on the cinematic map.

Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lurching relentlessly from one conflict to another, the movie distills its emotions - and maintains its momentum - in conversations of remarkably controlled intensity.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

At its most gripping, Ava communicates...familiar adolescent agonies through formal detail that makes them smolder anew.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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