Leila (1999)




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An Iranian newlywed is happy until her tradition-minded, meddling mother-in-law starts insisting on having a male grandchild.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Leila Hatami
as Leila, the Wife
Ali Mosaffa
as Reza, the Husband
Jamileh Sheikhi
as Reza's Mother
Mohamad Reza Sharifinia
as Leila's Uncle
Turan Mehrzad
as Leila's Mother
Amir Pievar
as Reza's Father
Shaqayeq Farahani
as Second Wife
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Critic Reviews for Leila

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

A richly developed psychodrama that reveals the crucial role self-esteem plays in our relationships.

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

This is a very compelling and subtle film, it shows the current conflict in Iran between modernity and Islamic tradition.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

From the first frame to the last, you feel an intimacy with Leila that is the result of flawless direction and excellent writing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

A film of great sadness, the tragedy of a love torn apart by each partner's overeagerness to please the other.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

A powerfully articulated and subtle drama from famous Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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Audience Reviews for Leila

Another winner from the Iranian cinema. I was struck by recent comments by an expert that most Iranians do not see their art house films and that most of their films are rubbish. Thank goodness this is the sort of film that the rest of the world associates with the country.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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A scene in this movie shows the young couple watching "Dr. Zhivago". This was a fitting tribute as "Leila" is a similar tragic romance. The titular actress did an incredible job, though her supporting cast could have been a bit better.

Kervin Smith
Kervin Smith

The tragedy of a love torn apart by each partner's overeagerness to please the other

Wahida K
Wahida K

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