Dancing in the Dust

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Film Movement Classics
2003
100 Minutes
Iran
Persian
Drama
Not Rated

Unlucky in both marriage and finances, Nazar (Yousef Khodaparast) is pressured into divorcing his wife (Baran Kosari) because of her family's bad reputation. This leads to money problems and, before long, Nazar is on the run, due to debts that he can't pay. Hiding out in the desert, he meets an eccentric elderly man (Faramarz Gharibian) who makes a living by collecting venom from poisonous snakes. Nazar becomes his unlikely partner and gets an unexpected chance at redemption. The debut film of Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi is presented in a new 2K restoration approved by the director.

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  • "Two outcasts, a silent old man and a loudmouthed Azerbaijan youth, set out to catch poisonous snakes in the desert in this eye-catching first film by Asghar Farhadi. His theme, surprisingly, is love and the sacrifices it demands, beautifully illustrated in the story’s final, satisfying twist."
    Deborah Young, Variety
  • "This debut feature by Asghar Farhadi begins as domestic drama, but once it moves into the desert (vividly captured by cinematographer Hassan Karimi) it becomes a powerful face-off between youth and experience, faith and resignation."
    Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
  • "Performances are poignant. Yousef Khodaparast augments Nazar with intense originality and annoying idiosyncrasies. Whereas, Faramaraz Gharibian’s (playing the old man) internal desolation haunts you, even though he barely speaks in the film. "
    High On Films