Maryam (2002)



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Ramin Serry explores such issues as global politics, ideological conflict, and puberty in this coming-of-age film about being an Iranian-American teenager during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Maryam (Mariam Parris) longs to be just a normal New Jersey 16-year-old, but her traditionalist father Darius (Shaun Toub) keeps her on a short rein. Maryam's modest goal is further hampered when her Iranian cousin Ali (David Ackert) comes to stay with them. Though Ali's stridently fundamentalist views represent all that Maryam has come to resent, the two gradually form a friendship of sorts. Meanwhile, Ali's vehement anti-Shah beliefs, coupled with his knowledge of a dark family secret, creates tension between himself and Darius. At the same time, Maryam notices a change in her neighbors' reactions toward her family as the conflict in Iran grows ever more ugly. This film was screened at the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival.
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Shaun Toub
as Darius Armin
Mariam Parris
as Mary Armin
Jason Nash
as Joel
Victor Jory
as Jamie
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Homa Armin
David Ackert
as Ali Armin
Goli Samii
as Leila
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Critic Reviews for Maryam

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.

July 26, 2002
Washington Post
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A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.

Full Review… | June 7, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Maryam


Carefully crafted, notably in its deft dramatic structuring, and has become timely in a way its maker could never have anticipated.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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