Khook [The Pig] (2018)

Director: Mani Haghighi
Writer: Mani Haghighi
Cast: Hasan Majuni, Leila Hatami, Leili Rashidi, Parinaz Izadyar, Saber Abar, Mahnaz Afshar, Siamak Ansari, Vishka Asayesh, Payman Maadi, Biuk Mirzaei, Ali Mosaffa
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2018

Hasan (Hasan Majuni) has really been struggling since he was banned from making movies. Not knowing what to do with himself, things at home aren’t good and he is even more frustrated that his muse, his star Shiva (Leila Hatami) is working with other directors now. But most galling of all: a serial killer has been murdering Iranian directors left and right, but Hasan appears to be perfectly save from the killer. And that really is unacceptable since Hasan knows that he is the greatest director of them all. He is determined to find out what is going on.

Khook is one of those films where the movie marathon that the /slash Filmfestival is for me came to bite me in the ass: I was just too damn tired and kept falling asleep, regretting every second I missed of the film, because the parts I did see were absolutely fantastic.

The film poster showing Hasan Majuni in a colorful outfit standing in a dark corridor.
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Jodaeiye Nader az Simin [A Separation] (2011)

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi

Nader (Peyman Maadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) are in the middle of getting a divorce. Simin got a visa for them to leave Iran and provide opportunities for their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) she would otherwise not have. But Nader’s father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) suffers from Alzheimer’s and Nader doesn’t want to leave him behind. When the court doesn’t agree with their divorce, they separate and Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat) to help him take care of his father. But Razieh is under a lot of pressure herself and the situation quickly escalates.

The film is well acted and an interesting look at Iranian society but it just left me absolutely and astoundingly cold. And without that emotional connection, it was boring.

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