Dog Sweat (2011)


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Using the subversive urgency of cinema verite, the lives of six young people intertwine in present day Iran. Misunderstood by their families and oppressed by conservative Islamic society, they act out their personal desires behind closed doors. A feminist finds herself in an affair with a married man; new lovers search for a place to be physically intimate; a gay man is faced with an arranged marriage; a female pop singer risks exposure; and a grief-stricken son lashes out at fundamentalists.Shot clandestinely throughout Tehran before the elections of 2009, Hossein Keshavarz's provocative film challenges the status quo by providing the new generation of Iranians a fervent voice of rebellion. -- (C) Official Site


Critic Reviews for Dog Sweat

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

Whatever personal risks first-time director Hossein Keshavarz took to make the film, there's little sense of danger in the finished product, which offers snapshots of middle-class Iran but falls flat on the dramatic front.

Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If it sometimes seems undercooked, that's an understandable flaw for a movie whose making was utterly illegal.

Nov 11, 2011 | Full Review…
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Undeniably courageous if frustratingly superficial.

Nov 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Subversive elements or not, this is essentially little more than a TV soap opera spiced with hot-button topics...

Nov 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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This is an earnest endeavor without much emotional or aesthetic impact.

Nov 8, 2011 | Full Review…

Great for ADD-style viewing but not for advancing Iranian cinema's currently challenged profile.

Apr 4, 2011
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