The Charmer

Directed by Milad Alami
Film Movement
102 Minutes
Denmark, Sweden
Danish, Persian
Drama, Thriller, Romance
Not Rated
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Esmail is a handsome young Iranian immigrant living in Denmark, who is desperately searching for a bride so he can become a citizen. Night after night he puts on the same suit and hits the Copenhagen bar scene hoping to turn the next woman he sees into his future spouse. But amidst a series of fleeting relationships and failed one night stands, Esmail meets Sara, a beautiful Danish-Iranian woman who makes him question everything about himself and what he is doing.


  • Lars Brygmann
  • Ardalan Esmaili
  • Stine Fischer Christensen
  • Soho Rezanejad
DVD Features

Bonus short film: Summer

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "CRITIC'S PICK. It’s impressive that Alami can put all this across — romance, suspense and, in the moving final act, a kind of tragedy — and maintain the movie’s nimbleness. But he’s a natural storyteller."
    Wesley Morris, The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "A sharply crafted drama that has elements of noirish suspense, the Danish-Swedish coproduction, which is distinguished by exceptionally fine performances by its three leading actors, offers an incisive, penetrating look at the psychological disorientation and dilemmas of people caught between cultures. "
    Godfrey Cheshire,
  • Highest Rating
    "Milad Alami’s superb Danish thriller, “The Charmer,” is a rebuke to the offensive stereotypes so often perpetuated by the American media. "
    Matt Fagerholm,
  • Highest Rating
    "... a topical, tightly wound slow-burner."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "...cleverly balances psychological thrills with astute drama."
    Mark Adams, Screen Daily

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