Two Women - 1998
Directed by Tahmineh Milani
Best friends from college lead very different lives after one is abruptly forced to leave school. While Roya (Marila Zaraii), the less talented student, is able to become a successful engineer, Fereshteh (Niki Karimi), the more talented of the two, is unable to leave behind her conservative family and avoid the traditional life they expect her to live. Fereshteh's aspirations are further hampered by a deranged stalker who will not cease in harassing her.
Color, 1 hour 36 minutes, Farsi
Original Title: Do Zan
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|Mohammad Reza Forutan||Hassan|
|Hassan Joharchi||Roya's Husband|
|Director of Photography||Hossein Jafarian|
|Sound Recordist||Parviz Abnar|
|Production Designer||Malek Jahan Khazaii|
|Sound Mixer||Parviz Abnar|
Roya (Marila Zaraii) leads a very successful life in Tehran.
Back in college Fereshteh (Niki Karimi) was one of the brightest students.
After Fereshteh agreed to tutor Roya, the two quickly became friends.
Fereshteh is continuously harassed by a violent and unstable man.
Roya is shocked to see Fereshteh after so many years.
Fereshteh, draped in a chador, now has two children.
Fereshteh recounts her story, starting with her reluctant agreement to marry.
Fereshteh's hidden book stash.
The two men that have ruined Fereshteh's life - her stalker in the foreground and husband in the background.
A question for Roya - "Do you have a book on women who have to raise their children alone?"
By Lawrence Van Gelder The New York Times
Although it bears the title "Two Women," Tahmineh Milani's film is really about one. And her name is legion.
While "Two Women" is set in Iran, the suffering woman at its compassionate heart may be found wherever those like her are denied a right to education and work, are oppressed and abused by husbands, are stalked by violent, obsessive men and are denied recourse in court.
''I am a human being!'' she cries in despair at one point. But almost no one seems to care. Continued
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