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FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (Chaharshanbe-soori)
Gold Hugo Award Chicago Intl Film Fest
"Psychologically intricate and dramatically engrossing" -Variety
"Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise." -TimeOut London
This sophisticated urban drama is a journey through the complex relationships of contemporary urbanites in Tehran, set against the backdrop of the chaotic firework celebrations of the coming Iranian New Year. Rouhi, a young freelance maid who will be married in two days, is sent by her agency to the middle class home of a husband and wife in the throes of a marital meltdown. Mojdeh, a wife on the verge of a nervous breakdown, is convinced her husband is cheating on her with the next door neighbor. She employs Rouhi as a spy, thrusting her into the center of the maelstrom. Fireworks Wednesday delves into the untidy lives of contemporary Iranians to reveal the complicated relationships of its three-dimensional characters, beautifully realized by these seasoned actors. Exploring the social hierarchies of Iranian society, this film gives us a rare glimpse into the private lives of a people often misunderstood by the outside world. Fireworks Wednesday reaches beyond the political rhetoric of today's headlines to show us a society of people who must contend with problems not unlike our own.
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2006, 35mm, 104 mins. In Farsi with English subtitles.