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A Respectable Family

Yek Khanevadeh-e Mohtaram

Move over, Sopranos. A college professor returns home to Iran after 22 years—only to get embroiled in illicit dealings masterminded by his family in this post-Revolution psychological drama.

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June 1, 2013 8:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 4, 2013 4:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Upon returning home to Iran after more than two decades abroad, visiting professor Arash is quickly thrust into a past he's spent his whole life trying to escape. With an estranged father on his deathbed and a mother who wants nothing to do with her husband's shady past, Arash finds himself at the mercy of the rest of the family who have their own ideas about what should happen to his father's assets. Meanwhile, Arash is also grappling with the legacy of his brother's mysterious, long-ago death. A stranger in his native country, he struggles to navigate the labyrinthine state bureaucracy, as well as the darker twists and turns of a corrupt and violent netherworld. Deftly blending the personal and the political into suspenseful social commentary, Massoud Bakhshi's drama charts the corrupt dealings of an Iranian family from the early years of the Revolution (archival footage from the Iran-Iraq conflict is skillfully incorporated) up to the present day.

Director Biography
Massoud Bakhshi is an Iranian filmmaker who studied filmmaking in Italy. He has worked as a film critic, screenwriter, and producer. A Respectable Family is his first feature film.

Director: Massoud Bakhshi
Principal Cast: Babak Hamidian, Mehrdad Sedighian, Ahoo Kheradmand, Mehran Ahmadi, Parivash Nazarieh
Country: Iran
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Mohammad Afarideh, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
Screenplay: Massoud Bakhshi
Cinematographers: Mahdi Jafari
Editors: Jacques Comets
Website: http://www.jbaproduction.com/en/fiche_a-respectable-family_134.html
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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