A film by Dariush Mehrjui
117 minutes, fiction, color, Farsi w/ English subtitles, 1990
Hamoun is a psychological comedy/drama about a bumbling Iranian intellectual, Hamid Hamoun. Trying and failing to complete a philosophical tract on love, Hamoun cannot seem to convince his wife Mashid, who is a successful artist, to love him either. Hamoun's refusal to accept reality, or grant Mashid a divorce, is both character study and metaphor for a condition of modern urban life in Iran.
In 1997, Hamoun was voted the best Iranian film ever made by a survey of Iranian film critics. The Cow had previously held that honor.
"A pulsating and richly human story." - The Hollywood Reporter
"An extraordinary blend of comedy and despair, philosophical musing, bold cultural analysis and acerbic social satire." - New York Press
"Well-wrought, beautifully acted... Mehrjui's most stylistically ambitious film."
● Film Notes by Godfrey Cheshire