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[An] impressive debut feature...
Happily, Soozandah is more humanist than polemicist, so that what follows is less about the system than the people navigating it.
These tales are brimming with urgency and conflict and serve as powerful reminders of the liberties and autonomy those of us living in the free world too often take for granted.
It's so heavily loaded with grievances that it begins to feel one-dimensional, though it's impossible to argue with its compassion for its characters, whose sufferings are imposed by an intensely repressive society.
Like no Iranian movie I've seen, Tehran Taboo reveals the routine hypocrisy of people who observe and even enforce a strict religious code but secretly indulge in the pleasures of the flesh.
Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges.
The lyrical animation, and especially an expressive use of shadows which illuminates emotion in the actors' faces, makes it all appear to be unfolding in a woozy dream.
A thought-provoking, attractive exploration of the social and sexual restrictions imposed in modern Iran.
This is an animated film made for adults, which perfectly captures dilemmas and character decisions without the need to become graphic (unless when really needed).
From the opening POV shots inside a car driving through a bleak and snowy Tehran, Soozandeh establishes a mood of bitter melancholy, a feeling only heightened by the rotoscoping technique, in which animation is traced over live-action footage.
A striking debut feature from Soozandeh. Very excited to see what he comes up with next.
This is fearless, potent storytelling.
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