Ceasefire - 2006
Directed by Tahmineh Milani
Writer/Director Tahmineh Milani based the script for this romantic comedy on "Recovery of your Inner Child" by Lucia Capacehione. The movie chronicles the volatile marriage of naive Sayeh (Mahnaz Afshar) and chauvinist Youssef (Mohammad Reza Golzar) and their attempt at reforming their childish and selfish ways.
Color, 1 hour 45 minutes, Farsi
Original Title: Aatash Bass
Firouzan Rank # 44
|Mohammad Reza Golzar||Youssef|
|Nilufar Khosh Kholgh||Laleh|
|Director of Photography||Ali Reza Zarrindoust|
|Sound Recordist||Eshagh Khanzadi|
|Production Designer||Mohammad Nikbin|
|Sound Mixer||Eshagh Khanzadi|
Sayeh (Mahnaz Afshar) recounts her marriage and the many fights she has had with her husband.
The couple's wedding is one of the happier moments.
Youssef (Mohammad Reza Golzar) happily participates in a one-upmanship contest of breaking valuables and wedding presents.
It is easily apparent that husband and wife do not get along with one another's friends.
Youssef attempts to sabotage Sayeh's cooking.
Jealous Youssef thinks he sees Sayeh in a car with another man.
Arguing to exhaustion.
A tape of the psychologist's lessons is given to Youssef and Sayeh to follow along with during their trial separation.
Youssef channels his inner child.
Thanking the psychologist.
By Ari Siletz www.arisiletz.com
The Iranian box office comedy hit, "Ceasefire," shows a man and woman in bed together, but the movie still nominally obeys the Iranian film decency code. The feuding husband and wife have sawed the bed in half. Similarly, a bed sheet always magically wraps itself around the actress’s head like a chador. Male and female actors touch each other but only in fight scenes, shoving each other around. These ploys outline an unspoken rapprochement between internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Tahmineh Milani and Iranian cultural authorities. In return for some liberties, Milani moderates her criticism of Iranian society. No more despotic fathers-in-law as in "The Fifth Reaction," no more thugs throwing acid at women’s faces as in Two Women. In previous films Milani attacked relentlessly. In "Ceasefire"… well, it’s an honest title. Continued
By Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
In 2001, the Revolutionary Council of Tehran jailed the Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani over objectionable material in her film "The Hidden Half" (they accused her of being a counter-revolutionary). Threatened with execution, a raft of Western filmmakers (including Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Ang Lee and Mike Leigh) banded together and petitioned her release. This has earned Milani a certain amount of awe and respect, which disguises the fact that her films are really not very good. "The Hidden Half" is an awkward, heavy-handed drama, overwritten and overplayed. Continued
By Deborah Young Variety
An attractive young married couple with money to burn snipe at each other, destroy the house, run each other off the road and nearly divorce before they solve their problems in a psychiatrist's office. It sounds like an Iranian "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," only instead of being hired assassins, the warring protags in "Cease Fire" are an architect and an engineer. Audiences hooked on Persian mainstream will devour this irreverent romantic comedy, spiced with saucy dialogue that spoofs traditional gender roles through gritted teeth. Abroad, homevid should be close behind specialized theatrical. Continued
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