Men at Work - 2006
Directed by Mani Haghighi
In a movie based on an idea from Abbas Kiarostami, four men in the mist of mid-life crises take it upon themselves to dislodge a huge rock they come across on the way back from a ski trip. As it becomes more apparent that the task is nearly impossible, the group only becomes more and more determined.
Color, 1 hour 17 minutes, Farsi
Original Title: Kargaran Mashghoul-e Karand
Trailer currently not available, Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)
Firouzan Rank # 45
|Fatemeh Motamed Arya||Mina|
|Producer||Mohammad Reza Takhtkeshian|
|Director of Photography||Kouhyar Kalari|
|Sound Recordist||Mohsen Roshan
|Production Designer||Amir Esbati|
A lively discussion amongst old friends.
Back down the mountain road after a failed ski trip.
The out of place rock.
The group quickly finds that the rock will not come down by brute strength alone.
The movie deals with each group member's relationships (or lack there of) with the fairer sex.
Even the aid of a truck does not cause the rock to budge.
A new resolve.
Man and rock.
Seeing the fruits of his labor.
By Ron Wilkinson Monsters & Critics
Screened as part of the International Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the Iranian allegory "Men at Work" is as fun as it is amazing.
Director Mani Haghighi and co-writer Abbas Kiarostami have managed to shoot a very Iranian film that has the unmistakable look and feel of an hour long American beer commercial.
This is not to put the film down because it only enhances the bizarre dreamland that the audience is drawn into as the plot about four average men on a weekend holiday unfolds.
As the car jostles along the men give us brief accounts of their current situations. Each has his own story to tell about the trials and tribulations of being a guy in the modern world. Most of the situations involve women in one way or another and none of the situations has a particular beginning or end. Continued
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