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July 3, 2016
Another brilliant masterpiece from farhadi. He creates such a atmosphere out of a simple story that we will be super excited to watch what happens next after each scene...also the actors involved showcase their enormous talent to such a good writing tht we just brood till the very end...
April 29, 2016
A mildly intriguing look at marital life and strife told largely from an outside observer's perspective. While the story is capably handled and deftly told, however, I must also admit that there's not a lot here that's especially innovative, masterful or captivating. The sometimes-melodramatic narrative, with its allusions to infidelity and relationship discord, may be daring by Iranian audience standards, but it's hardly the stuff of groundbreaking material in the world of cinema at large. Also, its less-than-subtle metaphors grow a bit too obvious as the movie progresses. All in all, "Fireworks Wednesday" makes for a nice matinee offering but not a landmark work in the annals of filmmaking.
April 13, 2016
Another masterpiece of domestic strife from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.
March 25, 2016
While not as polished as Farhadi's latter works, Fireworks Wednesday is an intimate look at the pitfalls of marriage, with a neo-realist style that recalls the greats.
February 16, 2016
A young bride-to-be is exposed to real married life when she is hired to serve as a maid for a squabbling couple. As with Farhadi's later dramas (About Elly, A Separation, The Past), there is a mystery here. The wife suspects the husband of having an affair. Young Rouhi is caught in the middle. Farhadi only offers us (and her) sketchy bits of information about what is going on. We have to construct the narrative ourselves and often for a moment, we might expect something different might happen than what actually does. This is great movie-making -- and the anti-thesis of the Spielberg/Hitchcock suspense tradition in which everyone sees the same heavily manipulated movie. This is not to say that Farhadi doesn't know exactly what he is doing - like his colleagues Kiarostami and Panahi, he is playful but also uses cinema to raise serious issues. The fireworks of the title (before New Year's) are seen at night in what must be a slice of reality (filmed on the streets) but they are also symbolic of the couple's fiery relationship, which of course is fiction. Hard to know whether the young bride's dream of married life (and her partner) are fiction or reality - but Farhadi seems to be giving her an eye-opening.
½ October 20, 2015
One of Farhadi's underrated works, Fireworks Wednesday explores the themes of marriage. A betrothed and innocent woman named Rouhi is supposed to clean up a house, but is paid in advance and kicked out when she witnesses a couple fighting over infidelity rumours. What follows is the most uncomfortable situation of all time, being stuck in the middle of a feuding couple. Farhadi takes no prisoners, and slowly drives the narrative to the heart after building it up the whole way. He mechanically lets things flow and happen, and it all feels very fluid and smooth. I definitely liked the parallels between Rouhi and her fiance compared the fighting couple, and if you enjoyed The Past (2013) or A Separation (2011), then this one is for you.
June 2, 2014
Admirers of A Separation by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi will be looking forward to his new movie The Past, to be released here in late March. They will also relish the ongoing discovery of his back catalogue: About Elly from 2009 was intriguing, and now his 2006 film Fireworks Wednesday, co-written with Mani Haghighi, has been released here on DVD. This is a thoroughly engrossing and densely textured drama, showing Farhadi's cool skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage.

Fireworks Wednesday (Chahar Shanbeh Souri)
Production year: 2006
Country: Rest of the world
Runtime: 104 mins
Directors: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Hamid Farokh-Nejad, Hamid Farokhnezhad, Hedieh Tehrani, Hediyeh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Taraneh Alidousti
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It is set in Teheran, during the traditional boisterous New Year celebrations, involving fireworks in the street; Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film was set around this time as well. There are, of course, some emotional explosions. Taraneh Alidoosti (who played the fleeting title role in About Elly) is Roohi, a young woman who is thrilled to be engaged, and keen to save up as much as she can for the wedding. She gets a one-off job from a contract agency to clean a flat, and is highly disconcerted to find it a wreck, covered in dust sheets from an apparently abandoned plan to repaint and littered with broken glass from an unexplained violent row.

Roohi finds herself in the middle of the warring marital partners who live there: Mozhde (Hediyeh Tehrani) and Morteza (Hamid Farokhnezhad). Mozhde is obsessed with the idea that Morteza is cheating on her with the next-door neighbour, beauty-salon owner Simin (Pantea Bahram): she listens at the ventilation duct in her bathroom and at the wall behind the closet, and it is enigmatically unclear if she has actually heard anything incriminating or not. Poor Roohi finds herself inveigled into undercover ruses to spy on Morteza, and also finds herself telling fibs to help him out. Instantly, instinctively, she has entered the world of little secrets and lies that comes with the territory of marriage, and her open, beautiful face becomes clouded with fear and unease as she guesses what might be in store for her in the married future. As with his other films, Farhadi shows an icily cool control in his camerawork, comparable to a Haneke, especially in the gripping street-brawl scene, blankly filmed from an ascending lift. A formidable and technically accomplished drama from Farhadi.
January 9, 2014
The more films I see by Asghar Farhadi the more I appreciate him. He just has a keen eye for the little moments and small details that make up life. Definitely one of his more focused films and an obvious precursor to his most recent films. Can't wait to see his other movies!
November 27, 2013
Like "A Separation", this movie is built on the basis of a melodrama story but offers more for the viewers to think.
December 18, 2012
Another gem of a portrayal of Iran's urban middle & lower classes from the genius behind cinematic masterpieces like A Separation & About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday is written & directed as effectively as Asghar Farhadi's other films. A very gripping plot, immersive screenplay, wonderful performances from its cast, superb editing, & the way Farhadi has weaved the whole film in layers, always challenging ours as well as its characters' assumptions, thus making the whole movie an emotionally captivating experience, deserves kudos. Covering themes of lies, deception, marriage & infidelity from the eyes of an engaged young woman only makes it all the more faith shattering. A spellbinding movie, just like his other masterpieces. Highly recommended.
November 6, 2012
Asghar Farhadi certifies for once again his significance; Fireworks Wednesday is another realistic masterpiece, unpredictable and intimate as it is life itself.
September 9, 2012
the normal everyday done wonderfully.
quiet, deft. Iranian cinema rocks.
August 26, 2012
By constantly ensuring that our allegiance never remains faithful to one character, Farhadi charts a terrific film on the chaos that seeps in post marital life and the duplicity that follows, shaking the enthusiastic faith of a young woman about to tie the knot.
½ July 8, 2012
Another engaging tale from Farhadi. This is supposedly the first of the trilogy leading to 'About Elly' and then 'A Separation' eventually. Surprised that none of the critics have rated it yet, pity that so many good movies get lost.
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2012
After being blown away by A Separation, I decided to delve into director Asghar Farhadi's oeurve. Fireworks Wednesday, centers around familiar terrain: a broken marriage, as see through the eyes of a young housekeeper, and by extension, the audience. Farhadi's directorial style is subtly powerful: he takes his time, and allows the information to creep in at its own pace, instead of feeling a more Westernized need to shoehorn it all into the first 10 minutes. He also seamlessly shifts our point of view over and over again, confronting the audience to think twice about any preconceived notions we might have about his characters -- our assumptions, and their reliability. He's not afraid to allow a scene to develop, and he fearlessly trusts his actors. He'll direct in a more "invisible" style, but he astutely knows when to mix it up and reposition the camera, or change vantage points to inform the audience about a character's motivations. In this film, the martial strife hits a fever pitch and culminates in a show stopping long shot down an elevator, and into the street that has to be seen to be believed. I honestly don't think it could have been shot any better, and the mis-en-scene is pitch perfect.

A theme that occupies Farhadi appears to be the corrosive underbelly of Persian culture, and its stifling traditional values. This story takes place on Chaharshanbe Suri (the Persian New Year) and all throughout the film, you hear fireworks in the distance. Near the end of the film, there's this great sequence where two characters are driving in the car, and through the windows you see a succession of fireworks, and fire in the streets. After dwelling on these details for a minute or two, the metaphorical meaning seeps in -- these relationships are just as combustible. It's a subtle detail, but very powerful -- and, for me, that's a great way to describe Farhadi's style: subtle, but powerful.
January 17, 2012
One of my favorite Iranian films ever, from the acclaimed writer and director of A SEPARATION.
March 2, 2010
must see! see, she's not really psyco!
½ January 8, 2010
The feuds of middle class family and a naive house cleaner who involves herself between it. A good drama.
½ December 21, 2009
Full of details and realities. Consider My Rating 3.75 Stars!
March 18, 2009
it was very interesting to see a movie like this. i do beleive the relationships are global even if that part of the world.
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