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Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City) Reviews

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March 30, 2006
[A] melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder.
March 30, 2006
Well acted and smartly written, the film is an eye-opening sociological portrait that also manages to be a compelling human drama.
March 17, 2006
While touching on subjects as serious and diverse as capital punishment, the devaluation of women in Iran and the true Islamic concept of forgiveness, this powerful melodrama from the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is anything but a message movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2006
Here's another deeply resonant little movie from Iran, featuring more polished (yet still naturalistic) acting than usually seen in U.S. productions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
It's a penetrating exploration of retribution versus forgiveness, blood money, sacrifice and the intricacies of Iran's Islamic judicial system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 16, 2006
Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout perfs, including Taraneh Alidoosti's ... make City more accessible to arthouse auds than more stylistically challenging Farsi fare.
March 16, 2006
Cross-pollinate an archetypal plotline with problematic romance and what you get is Beautiful City, a film in which the world is made immediate and kinetic.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2006
Persistence is everything in Asghar Farhadi's visually undistinguished but affecting Beautiful City, a simple film about the power of forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2006
The script, overly laden with red herrings, forces its characters into some improbable dilemmas...and the ambiguous ending feels inconsistent with the too tidy setup.
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