Tehran's air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar's brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother. Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest. She is the youngest and she has always obeyed their orders, but this time she must stand up for herself.
- "A thoughtful meditation on female agency in contemporary Tehran."
- "Dolatshahi is compelling as a woman torn between familial duty and self-determination, coming alive in one particular clothes-shop confrontation."
- "Sahar Dowlatshahi, an actor who can emote with just gaze and eyebrows, beautifully complements [writer-director Behnam Behzad's] nuanced approach."
- "The characters are intertwined with a lethal craft."
- "The elements of drama are strong, and give the film's closely observed scenes ... their power."
- "[A] moving tale of dashed dreams and societal indifference."
- "Behnam Behzadi’s absorbing film offers a subdued tale of family dynamics...."
Awards & Recognition
Cannes Film Festival
Seattle Int'l. Film Festival
Goa Int'l. Film Festival
Hamburg Film Festival
Vancouver Int'l. Film Festival
Belgrade Int'l. Film Festival