dir. Samira Makhmalbaf
world premiere 2000
U.S. release 2002
Because the paths taken by the two leads represent no tidy dichotomy, just two among a small menu of fates that two men
in this situation might meet. The abstracted threat and other occluded elements of the story spark against the austere realism of the filming style
and locales, yielding a drama of invisible bondage and arbitrary choice that Brecht would have loved.