Fifth about The Seventh

A Hero (Ghahreman)

A Hero: Asghar Farhadi’s rich, complex drama mixes elements very particular to the Iranian culture and reality with universal elements, making it very easy to relate to. The film follows a good but flawed man trying to get out of prison and restart his life, guilty both of a good deed and a web of white lies that entangle him. He is the target of some injustice, but it’s not an unforced error that put him there. The main character, an eager-to-please, shifty man with bad mental consequence math, is played beautifully by Amir Jadidi. The large supporting cast defends well their characters; Sahar Goldoust, who plays his caring girlfriend, and Maryam Shahdaei, as his sister, are the ones that get more time and fare better. The film slowly peels layers and layers of the story, but editor Hayedeh Safiyari keeps the action moving and the tension rising.

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