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All Hell Let Loose - Hus i helvete (2002) |
Date of birth:
7 February 1950, Gilan, Rasht, Iran
Swedish | Farsi | English
Comedy | Drama | Family
The traditional power position of a family father, Sarbandi, has been undermined by his being unemployed. It is the mother's sewing business that helps to make ends meet.
Susan Taslimi is a celebrated Iranian actress. During her years in Sweden she has been active in the theatre. This is her directorial debut on film.
A story about a family in chaos, about Minoo who wants to live her own life, about her father Serbandi, who does not realise that to love is to be able to let go, about her mother Nana who late in life longs to make career, about her sister Gita who is in love, about a grandmother who sees it all and about a confused little boy on the threshold of manhood.
Serbandi, an immigrant to Sweden from the Middle East, used to be a man of respect. Now, running a small catering business, he struggles to make ends meet.
All Hell Let Loose - Hus i helvete (Part Three)
Of course, his home life isn’t any better: he has a tease of a wife, a promiscuous daughter, and a stripper sister. Now all hell seems to be breaking loose!
Settled in Sweden for the past decade, Iranian actress Susan Taslimi (known for her work in Bashu, the Little Stranger) makes an impressive debut as a director in this no-holds-barred look at the travails of an Iranian family attempting to adjust to their new homeland.
All Hell Let Loose - Hus i helvete (Part Four)
Minoo, a young woman in her early twenties, chafes under the increasingly disapproving attitude of her father, Serbandi, who feels unappreciated for all his sacrifices for the family.
Her mother, Nana, longs to step out on her own and finally have her own career, while sister Gita is worried about the family's reaction to her love interest.
All this takes place under the watchful gaze of Minoo's grandmother, who takes it all in with some amusement.
Taslimi clearly loves working with her actors, and powerfully orchestrates all the nuances of the family's collective and individual emotions, creating a revealing and engaging look at cultural and generational collisions.
Melinda Kinnaman ... Minoo*****
Hassan Brijany ... Serbandi
Caroline Rauf ... Nana
Meliz Karlge di Grado ... Gita (as Meliz Karlge)
Bibbi Azizi ... Farmor (as Bibi Azizi)
Omid Mottaghi ... Sami
Dennis Önder ... Fani
Ola Rapace ... Pontus (as Ola Norell)
Sunil Munshi ... Bijan
Björn Söderbäck Björn Söderbäck ... Leif
Mahin Rahimzadeh ... Sussie
Roberto Gonzales ... Vovolis
Kemal Görgü ... Karim
Hus i Helvete (All Hell Let Loose) is a feminist take on the culture clash between first generation immigrants and their children who have grown up in the host culture. It features an Iranian-Swedish family made up of a grandmother, a father and mother, two daughters and a son. The traditional power position of the father has been undermined by his being unemployed. It is the mother's sewing business that helps to make ends meet.
The children are westernised and do not respect the patriarchal tradition, which has led to a lot of tension within the family. At the beginning of the film the rebellious elder daughter returns to the family fold after having been banned by her father due to her love affair with a Swede and the termination of the resulting pregnancy.
The family reunion on behalf of the younger daughter who is getting married (to escape the parental control at home) is anything but happy when the father attempts to regain domination over his elder daughter.
None of the male characters in this flick really is sympathetic except for the token gay character. They all take advantage of the women in one way or another. In certain ways Hus i Helvete is the feminist counterpart of "East is East" (1999), but it lacks the humour of the latter.
The casts puts in a decent effort. Melinda Kinnaman, in particular, is surprising in the role of the outcast daughter Minoo. However, one can wonder if the ideology did not get the better of the storytelling in this film. -- IMDb
Selected filmography of Susan Taslimi
- All Hell Let Loose - Hus i helvete (2002)
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