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Zanan-e bedun-e mardan (2009)

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Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shabnam Toloui ...
Munis
Pegah Ferydoni ...
Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad ...
Farrokhlagha
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Zarin (as Orsi Toth)
Ahmad Hamed ...
Gardener
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Ali (as Navíd Akhavan)
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Abbas
Essa Zahir ...
Amir Khan
Tahmoures Tehrani ...
General Sadri
Abbas Bakhtiari ...
Singer
Mehdi Moinzadeh ...
Communist Leader
Farhad Payar ...
Leading Officer
Shahrnoush Parsipour ...
Madame Pari
Said Oveissi ...
Hassan
Mithra Zahedi ...
Nahid
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Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

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$14,404 (USA) (9 April 2010)

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$175,995 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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The Azan that we hear through the film is Moazzenzade Ardabili's version which was recorded in 1955 while this movie takes place in 1953. See more »

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Shirin Neshat in the best way possible combined politics with a love story.
2 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great story, being a Persian, I always heard about the Coup but I could never picture how was it like living at that time, and Shirin Neshat in the best way possible combined it with a love story. Munes wants to be knowledgeable about social and sexual matters (in the film she wants to be a political activist); Faezeh is a traditional Muslim woman who wants a good marriage; Zarin Kolah is a prostitute dreaming of a better future, and Farok-Lagha is a wealthy woman determined to become an influential figure on the political scene. All four end up in a house with a garden in a Tehran suburb, striving for a future that was not granted to them. Gardens are popular in the middle East and especially in Iran, where a garden is a metaphor for paradise.


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