Ava Reviews

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November 21, 2018
Beautifully observed, Sadaf Foroughi's feature début explores the way that, even in societies explicitly controlled by men, it's often women who enforce social rules and seek to control one another's behaviour.
November 3, 2018
The tension is high, and the stakes are kept punishingly human.
October 23, 2018
All in all, Ava is an accomplished work that marks bright futures for all its cast and crew, particularly writer-director Sadaf Foroughi and star Mahour Jabbari.
October 23, 2018
Sympathetic to even the most misguided characters before her lens, the filmmaker's desire to see what makes people tick reveals a big heart and in "Ava," it never stops beating.
September 25, 2018
Foroughi's visual storytelling is impressive.
August 22, 2018
Kudos are also in order for Jabbari, who does most of the heavy lifting on screen and handles the emotionally draining subject matter in confident, captivating fashion.
August 16, 2018
Foroughi's shrewd filmmaking uses the frame to advantage: the tightening of Ava's constraints is matched by the tightening of the mise en scène around her.
July 16, 2018
While the film can be taken to an extent as a critique of Iran's strictly regimented societal norms, it's even more a devastating dissection of parent-child dysfunctions that know no national borders.
July 14, 2018
[Sadaf] Foroughi is definitely one to watch.
July 14, 2018
Foroughi has a great ear for dialogue, and the back-and-forth between husband and wife or mother and daughter feels completely natural.
July 13, 2018
Ava is a layered, complex character, and one that anyone who was ever a teenager can identify with.
July 12, 2018
For her debut feature, Foroughi shoots her film like an old pro.
June 14, 2018
It's a gripping, steely performance, complex and smart in a way you don't often see teen girls portrayed-anywhere.
May 4, 2018
Not too often do we see an Iranian film starring and directed by women, but Ava is a good start for much-needed representation.
April 27, 2018
Foroughi finds the balance in an overwrought situation.
April 27, 2018
Moving, unrelenting tale of Iranian teen's fall from grace.
April 27, 2018
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.
April 26, 2018
Foroughi's assured debut remains a welcomed and insightful reminder that the patriarchy Ava struggles against is still alive and kicking.
April 26, 2018
At its most gripping, Ava communicates...familiar adolescent agonies through formal detail that makes them smolder anew.
April 26, 2018
Lurching relentlessly from one conflict to another, the movie distills its emotions - and maintains its momentum - in conversations of remarkably controlled intensity.
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