Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e Poust-e Shahr)

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Any woman with a bedridden husband is going to fret more than the average female, but Tuba's spouse is low maintenance, compared to the rest of her problems. Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly; a teenage son, who's been getting into trouble due to his burgeoning career in radical politics; and an older son who goes to great lengths--such as attempting to sell the family's meager house--in order to get an engineering job in Japan as a means of getting out of Iran.


Critic Reviews for Under the Skin of the City (Zir-e Poust-e Shahr)

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  • Sometimes fuzzy in structure, the movie is also uncompromisingly realistic, taking us into Tehran offices and factories and onto construction sites.

    Jul 11, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • Bani-Etemad's womanist bent is stark and bracing.

    Jun 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Ms. Bani-Etemad seems to have a firm hand on the social pulse on her nation, particularly the slowly changing roles of women in a place where change is eyed with both desire and suspicion.

    Jun 5, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The movie might lack the artistic accomplishment of better-known Iranian movies, but it tempers its melodrama with unflinching willingness to take us inside lives that otherwise would remain remote to us.

    May 16, 2003
  • This splendid film is no mere polemic, for Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, often called the first lady of Iranian cinema, is above all an accomplished storyteller and dramatist who understands the evocative power of sound and image.

    Apr 3, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Distinguished, like so much contemporary Iranian cinema, by the way its striking visuals and strategic use of sound tell the underlying story.

    Apr 3, 2003

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