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The Music Man (2007)

Santouri (original title)
Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife.


Dariush Mehrjui
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Credited cast:
Bahram Radan ... Ali Boloorchi
Golshifteh Farahani ... Hanieh
Masoud Rayegany ... Ali's father
Roya Taymourian ... Ali's mother
Nader Soleymani Nader Soleymani ... Hamed Boloorchi
Maedeh Tahmasebi Maedeh Tahmasebi ... Hanieh's mother
Mahyar Pourhesabi Mahyar Pourhesabi ... Tamayol
Siamak Khahani Siamak Khahani ... Javid
Mohammad Solooki Mohammad Solooki ... Psychologist
Hassan Pourshirazi Hassan Pourshirazi ... Addict
Sadreddin Hejazi Sadreddin Hejazi ... Addict
Ali Asghar Tabasi Ali Asghar Tabasi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kianoosh Gerami Kianoosh Gerami ... Party intruder
Bardia Zadeh ... Child


Ali is son of a well-off family who plays santoor (an Iranian instrument like dulcimer) and has earned some reputation through his concerts and teaching music but is rejected by his family because of this profession which they despise. He falls for one of his music students but after a short blissful period, life doesn't treat him as well as before and also his addiction agonizes him in his numbered days before redemption. Written by Hossein sr

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

1 February 2007 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali santoori See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dariush Mehrjui director and writer of the movie auditioned many actors for the lead role except Bahram Radan, because he though that he is not in Iran. But when accidentally Bahram Radan met director's sister, she advised him to call Dariush Mehrjui,then he asked Bahram Radan to do the audition and he got the lead role. See more »

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An amazing examination of problem's in Iran
7 July 2009 | by PersianPlaya408See all my reviews

Every now and then an Iranian film comes around that is moving, conveys a message like no other. Director, Mehrjui does a great job creating an atmosphere where one truly feels society's issues in regards to drug addiction. There has been a stereotype for some time now that young Iranians in the music industry are prone to becoming submerged in a world of drugs, alcohol and womanizing habits. Although this is a false stereotype, Mehrjui does a great job telling a story of Ali Santoori, a man, whose traditional family turns his back on him and tells him to choose between his "santoor" instrument and his family. Ali of course, chooses, his instrument, and successfully becomes Iran's top pop performer. Meanwhile, he also meets and marries a wonderful young woman, Hanieh (Farahani), and his life seems to be on a great track. But as the story goes, Ali, becomes depressed and gets more and more addicted to drugs due to the government cracking down on his music.

Both Bahram Radan (Ali Santoori character) and Golshifteh Farahani give magnificent performances. Mehrjui style of telling the story is first-rate, using great shots, flashbacks, and flawless incorporation of music. The music cooperation between composer Ardavan Kamkar, a traditional santoor player, and composer, and MOhsen Chavoshi, top pop singer, is innovative, new and very well suited. Overall, this film achieves on every level, as it carries the audience through every range of emotion its characters feel, something Iranian films rarely do. Quite possibly the best Iranian film I have ever seen. 10/10

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