Fifi Howls From Happiness

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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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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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  • 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.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An involving documentary that in the final estimation feels a slight bit out of proportion.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Though shy on background info, the docu offers a fascinating portrait of Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess.

    Aug 6, 2014 | Full Review…

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