Iran, 2012, 100 Minute Running Time
Topics: Middle East, Road Movie
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Persian English Sub-Titles
This perversely fascinating black comic drama follows a man and a woman making their way through a war-torn, mountainous region, dispensing large sums of money in plastic bags from the back of their SUV while attaching sadistic conditions to their largesse. Modest Reception offers original, disturbing material that feels more universal than particularly Iranian.
The relationship of the protagonists, well-dressed city dwellers Kaveh and Leyla is not clear. They could be husband and wife, brother and sister or even boss and secretary, and indeed at various times they adopt these personas, all the while baiting and sniping at each other with a casual familiarity. The reasons behind their behavior are even murkier. The one thing that is clear is the pleasure that condescending Kaveh (played by the filmmaker) seems to derive from tormenting his beneficiaries.
“Setting the scene is a brilliantly shot comic opener that starts the game over-the-top, in a tone which only gets shriller and wilder as the story goes on. By far the director’s most daring work… [an] unflinching study of inexcusable characters.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“Modest Reception is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.”
DIRECTOR: Mani Haghighi
Producer: Mani Haghighi
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
Screenwriter: Mani Haghighi, Amir Reza Koohestani
Cinematographer: Houman Behmanesh
Principal Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Mani Haghighi, Saeed Changizian, Esmaeel Khalaj
Filmography: Canaan (2008), Men at Work (2006), Abadan (2004)
Print Source: Global Film Initiative - http://www.globalfilm.org