Dayereh-e zangi (Tambourine) (2008)




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A new resident launches a wave of confusion and misunderstanding among the tenants of a luxury apartment block in this comedy from Iran. Shirin (Baran Kosari) borrows her father's car one day and despite great care on her part, she ends up in an auto accident and has no money to pay for the repairs. Needing help, Shirin turns to her friend Mohammad (Saber Abbar), who makes his living selling pirated videos. Mohammad lives in a newly opened apartment complex in Tehran, where one of his best customers, arty film buff Khosro (Nima Shahrokshahi), lives with his crotchety and disapproving father Abdollazadeh (Omid Rouhani) and his mother (Gohare Kheirandish), who still does their washing by hand, drying the clothes by hanging them from the satellite dishes on the roof. Shirin moves into Mohammad's flat for a spell, and she strikes up a friendship with one of his neighbors, a cheerful TV addict named Sholeh (Bahareh Rahnama). Meanwhile, Mohammad thinks he's lucked into a lucrative new career when he takes a job doing maintenance on satellite TV dishes, but the job doesn't work out quite as he expected, while Shirin unwittingly launches a clash of cultures among her new neighbors. Dayereh Hamzi (aka Tambourine) was the first theatrical feature film from director Parisa Bakhtavar, who previously distinguished himself working in television. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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