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Risk of Acid Rain (2015)|
Date of birth:
1980, Shiraz, Iran
Maryam Moghaddam, Behtash Sanaeeha
JIO MAMI Movie Review
Behtash Sanaeeha's Risk of Acid Rain (2015)
Another Negah-e No film featuring the Iranian poet Shams Langaroudi.
"You are late Moses! The miracle era has passed. Grant your cane to Charlie Chaplin. So we have some laughs." -- Shams Langroudi
Iranian films have always left me spell-bound, they fervently grip you & leave a lasting impression that lingers on your mind for a very long time. Iranian films present an emotional spectrum of an individual based on moral & social values in the wake of the ever changing political tension, and dynamics of inter-relations of those individuals within the family with great nuance.
Risk of Acid Rain takes a closer look at loneliness, keeping a man in his twilight years at the vantage point. After retirement from the Iranian Tobacco Company, Manouchehr’s mundane life revolves around collecting the bread at dawn, watering plants, looking endlessly on the road like his own life has been painted on it, and as a force of habit, he turns up to the office now & then and hauls the chair. Emotionally unplugged after the death of his mother, his wretched face with shallow stilled eyes speaks volume about his loneliness and longing for an emotional connection. He embarks on the journey to find his long lost friend, Khosrow in Tehran, which he believes will bring rest to his mind & render him some peace.
After his failure to know whereabouts of Khosrow, Manouchehr first meets an idiosyncratic hotel receptionist Kaveh, who is a chipper & Facebook addict. Though Kaveh comes as an extrovert person, he often gets high on marijuana to escape his own fate & the hurdles he faces in Tehran (or broadly speaking this world) which doesn’t give him room to espouse his own way of living. Though getting high is a temporary solution, he plans to emigrate to Mars to elude the socio-economic problem & mounting unrest around the globe. Adrift Masha takes refugee in the same hotel who approaches Manouchehr with the request of him donning as his Uncle to sign off from the clinic. She has devoted her life to taking care of her old lovable granny. She is a cleaning freak who is mostly busy playing fruit ninja but deep down she is herself struggling to find the stability in her life. These three eccentric characters come together to form a striking friendship, sharing tidbits of their deep down agony.
Risk of Acid Rain is a very subtle & minimalist film that never gets preachy about life & loneliness, instead Behtash incorporates long shots & beautiful terrine imagery that gives needful dimension to the film. Even the long silent scenes are fused with the soul stirring music which renders deep and profound impact that heightens the pain inflicted by loneliness. The script of the film is sprinkled with terse humor that may be new to Iranian films; like old man smoking pot & three characters jaunting around the city in the night.
The substantial script of the film has been leveled up by the absorbing performances of the three actors and an immersive cinematography by Mohammad-Reza Jahanpanah. The character of Manouchehr has been effortlessly portrayed by the legendary Iranian poet, Shams Langroudi who breaths the character with such intriguing charm that more than sympathy, you wish he is fine by the end of the film. Co-writer of the film, Maryam Moghaddam stars as beguiling Masha who plays her character with a dash of vulnerability that makes you care for her & her own sense of responsibility that in a way inspires you. Pooriya Rahimi Sam brings the much needed suave and swag with the tang of humor that lightens up the screen as long his presence. Risk of Acid Rain is another brilliant addition to my favorite Iranian films, and will be looking forward to the future work of Behtash Sanaeeha. (http://www.highonfilms.com/risk-of-acid-rain-2015-jio-mami-review/)
"Risk of Acid Rain", another Negah-e No film featuring the poet Shams Langaroudi, was a slow but rhythmic story on the journeys we make alone and the threads that bind us. It is probably the first Iranian movie where an old man smokes marijuana, gets high, and eats the night away. All was well-acted, without a hint of dramatics or preachiness, and the two young actors, Maryam Moghadam and Pouriya Rahimi, were outstanding as the old man’s unlikely friends."
The saving grace of the festival were the sections Negah-e No (New Look), featuring films by first-time directors, and Honar o Tajrobeh (Art and Experience Cinema), dedicated to less mainstream, artistic films. One wonders if these two together shouldn’t have formed the main competition section. First-time directors seem to have much to teach more established film-makers."
Awards and Festivals:
WINNER of the best screenplay in 33th Fajr Film Festival - IRAN 2015
Nominated for the best film (Simorgh Boloorin) in 33th Fajr Film Festival - IRAN 2015
WINNER of the best talented first film director in the 9th celebration of film critics-IRAN 2015
WINNER of the best Netpac film Iranian Film Festival -AUSTRALIA 2015
WINNER of the special jury award Inernational Film Festival Colombo - SRI LANKA 2016
WINNER of Audience award Prague Film Festival - CZECH Republic
Official Selection 26th Stockholm Film Festival - SWEDEN 2015
Official Selection Mumbai Film Festival - INDIA 2015
Official Selection 14th Pune Film Festival - INDIA 2015
Official Selection Zurich Film Festival - SWISS 2015
Official Selection 39th Gothenburg Film Festival - SWEDEN 2016
Selected filmography of Behtash Sanaeeha
- Risk of Acid Rain | Ehtemal-s Baran-e Asidi (2015)
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