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Tehran Taboo (2018)



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In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to "restore" her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.


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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.

February 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges.

February 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Tehran Taboo" aims to expose systemic hypocrisy; in that respect, it is brisk and bracing.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…

None of this is revelatory - these issues have been addressed in Iranian films before - but it's still gripping.

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

An audacious, if somewhat didactic, debut.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Although the themes are familiar, the urgency strikes a resonant chord that transcends borders.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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