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Beautiful City (2004)

Shahr-e ziba (original title)
Directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, 'Beautiful City' is a cinematic gem not to be missed. Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre ... See full summary »

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Asghar Farhadi

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Asghar Farhadi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Taraneh Alidoosti ... Firoozeh
Faramarz Gharibian ... Abolqasem Rahmati
Babak Ansari Babak Ansari ... A'la
Hossein Farzi-Zad Hossein Farzi-Zad ... Akbar (as Hossein Farzi-Zadeh)
Farhad Ghaemian Farhad Ghaemian ... Mr. Ghafouri
Ahu Kheradmand Ahu Kheradmand ... Abolqasem's Wife
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Directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, 'Beautiful City' is a cinematic gem not to be missed. Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried out. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A'la, a friend of Akbar, who himself has undergone imprisonment for burglary, soon after his release tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar's plaintiff so as to stop the execution. 'Beautiful City' is a simple film about the power of forgiveness. Written by IMVBox.com

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

9 June 2004 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beautiful City See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

Company Credits

Production Co:

Neshane See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It became best film at Warsaw Film Festival in 2004. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ghafouri: You have to make the decision.
A'la: I can't. That's why I'm here.
Mr. Ghafouri: Does his sister love you ?
A'la: A lot.
Mr. Ghafouri: Can you forget her ?
A'la: No.
Mr. Ghafouri: Marry her then.
A'la: What about Akbar then ?
Mr. Ghafouri: Do you know why Akbar killed that girl ?
A'la: He loved her. How can you kill someone you love ?
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very dark but telling the truth
31 March 2012 | by mehdiqSee all my reviews

I have recently seen all his movies(Asghar Farhadi), after he won the Oscar on 2011. this one is the best I believe. Although, much less people might prefer this one to "A separation" or "About Eli".

This one shows how difficult is to overcome the complex situations in our life. no matter how hard we try, or how sincere we are, there is always someone or something who will add to the heavy weight of sins(dark pieces, empty holes, or whatever you name it) we carry; resulting in THE yielding, and then us: watching hopelessly ourselves @ the very beginning.

This film shows the complicated relations in modern life very well. the weakness in the human beings, no matter how strong he seems to be. how the wind blows and destroys all the castles we made of love and tolerance.... how a single doubt could lead to complete failure.

I believe in this film the yielding happens when the uncle propose the disabled girl to "Ala" as an exchange for his friend's life. This was the critical moment when "Ala" failed to resist the tensions from the society and lost everything he'd gained including love & victory...


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