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SANTOURI THE MUSIC MAN (Ali Santoori)
"Santouri the Music Man, a harrowing account of a greatly gifted artist's slide into heroin addiction, is another sweeping yet incisive film from Dariush Mehrjui" -Los Angeles Times
"There's a loose, fluid rhythm that courses through the film like an elixir... Far from serving as some sort of screed against the excesses of a younger generation of artists, Santouri suggests that Iran's current cultural repression and rampant drug addiction are no mere coincidence" -LA Weekly
"Harrowing... Dariush Mehrjui [is] one of Iran's most accomplished and courageous filmmakers for four decades" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Bahram Radan...gives a riveting performance" -Chicago Reader
From veteran Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui (The Cycle, Leila), comes this contemporary drama about a young musician (Bahram Radan) who plays the santoor, a traditional stringed instrument. Ali, a gifted young musician and popular singer, falls apart at the height of his fame and success due to heroin addiction, which takes a severe toll on him. Emotionally and physically he becomes a complete wreck and his music as well as his marriage falls to ruin. He blames his collapse on the end of his marriage but in fact his wife Hanieh leaves only after enduring years of his drug problems and he is left to reconstruct his shattered life. Currently banned in Iran for its unflinching look at drug culture, Santouri The Music Man amounts to "another sweeping yet incisive film from...one of Iran's most accomplished and courageous filmmakers" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times).
Directed by Dariush Mehrjui, Iran, 2007, 35mm, 106 mins. In Farsi with English subtitles.