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Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Director:

Wayne Blair

Writers:

Dalia Sofer (novel), Hanna Weg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Salma Hayek ... Farnez
Adrien Brody ... Isaac
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Habibeh
Alon Aboutboul ... Mohsen (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Gabriella Wright ... Farideh
Nasser Memarzia ... Mansoor
Anthony Azizi ... Mehdi
Bashar Rahal ... Komiteh Member
Ben Youcef ... Muezzin
Alain Washnevsky ... Behrouz Godsi
Ariana Molkara ... Shirin
Maggie Parto ... Voice Over
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Hossein
Armin Amiri ... Keyvan
Jamie Ward ... Parviz Amin
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Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content involving interrogation, brutality and disturbing images, and for some partial nudity and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy Territory See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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1.85 : 1
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The movie is called "Enemy Territory" on Netflix. But not on Netflix Uk See more »

Goofs

The glasses that Salma Hayek's character wears are a style popular around the time of shooting, not the actual time of the story. See more »


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Performed by Ben Youcef
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September of Shiraz and the Aftermath
28 October 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

It's the 1970's & the Iranian revolution is well underway - look out those who prospered under the old regime as the 'new' is coming after you. This is the time writer Dalia Sofer is documenting - the need to escape at all costs. Many good performances bring this powerful recreation to life but, it's obvious from the mixed reviews not many people cared much for the story being told in this screenplay. Is it the fault of the screenplay or other? It's certainly a graphic image of a tumultuous time.

It's difficult to understand why the producer's of this quite major work, opted for the chosen style. If you have a dramatic real-life story to convey and a top cast to carry it, then why treat it to such a cheap photographic style? Australian director Wayne Blair, along with Australian cinematographer Warwick Thornton, have approached this project as if it were a low budget backyard movie. It features some of the worst hand-held camera work I've seen - at one stage it looked as if they were shooting during an earth tremor. At our screening, someone actually said the unstable images were making them nauseous. I'm wondering if this reflects on the Australian Film and Television School's idiom of over-the-top Political Correctness - as in the 'Identity Politics' currently being played out, that foolishly causes 'them and us' separationist type rifts? IE: 'here we have two aboriginals taking courses, must give them top marks for the world to see our ethos'. But, seems perhaps the rest of the world may not have shared our 'enthusiasm'.

Whatever it was/is this movie did not deserve to do so badly on the world stage. It offers a harsh reflection of the state of life at this challenging time – and, as it sadly remains! Mark Isham's music is effective and the use of a 2 Cellos track is well chosen. Overall, it's not as bad as some others have claimed – but with what seems like some 'tacked-on' scenes, should have been better.


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