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Fifi Howls from Happiness honors its subject with an engrossing look at his iconoclastic work and fascinating life.
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Whatever its virtues and flaws, "Fifi" performs the vital service of acquainting the world with an artist who deserves - despite his own dismissal of such notions - world recognition, if not immortality.
By its bittersweet end, "Fifi Howls From Happiness" has stayed almost entirely in one apartment and yet somehow unveiled both a life in full and a blank canvas.
Though he does it with a grin, Mohassess rages against the dying of the light as well as many of the things the world presented him with during his life.
That Ms. Farahani found Mr. Mohassess and persuaded him to share his story is a terrific coup, even if a great deal of his life's work remains elusive.
An involving documentary that in the final estimation feels a slight bit out of proportion.
Though shy on background info, the docu offers a fascinating portrait of Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess.
The final sequence makes for unforgettable cinema.
Farahani's direction is artfully suggestive but also, at moments, oblique; she seems to think that she's making a Godardian essay-film.
Brilliant, loving, and as intensely political as any of Mohassess' paintings or sculptures, Fifi Howls from Happiness celebrates connection as much as it reveals isolation, dedication alongside outrage.
An enlightening documentary chronicling the career of the Persian Picasso.
Beautifully modulated. Offers a remarkably uncensored glimpse into a very significant life through creation, exile and its inevitable yet noble end.
An intriguing, often highly poetic documentary that is almost the equal of its turbulent genius of a subject.
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