Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)



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Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland-revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy. (C) Music Box Films
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
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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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
New York Times
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An involving documentary that in the final estimation feels a slight bit out of proportion.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
AV Club
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Though shy on background info, the docu offers a fascinating portrait of Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Fifi Howls From Happiness


Elegantly human. A portrait of an artist at the end of his life. In between his wheezy laughing and mouse-like appearance, Mohassess reveals himself and makes suggestions to Mitra Farahni on how she should make her documentary - most of which respectfully she takes.

Jace Labat
Jace Labat

Playful documentary that goes deeper than expected, covers more ground than advertised, and barrels toward an audacious ending. This year's "Cutie and the Boxer."

Scottt French
Scottt French

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