A film by Dariush Mehrjui
129 minutes, fiction, color, Farsi w/ English subtitles, 1999
Reza and Leila, an attractive and affluent young couple deeply in love and recently married, discover that Leila is unable to conceive. Invoking tradition, Reza's mother convinces her daughter-in-law that Reza must, out of necessity, take a second wife to produce an heir. The heartbreak that follows is "in a word, devastating" (The New York Times).
Called "the most interesting and accomplished filmmaker the United States
has never heard of" by Godfrey Cheshire in The New York Press, Mehrjui
has become more familiar to audiences with the critical and box office success
of Leila which topped the critics' lists for best films of 1999.
"One of the top ten films of the year! Provocative, wise and brilliant." - Village Voice
"A cinematic gem! Beautifully acted." - The New York Times
"Beautifully shot, expertly acted and directed by an astute social critic and an ingeniously distinctive stylist." - The New York Press
"Eloquent, unflinching and devastating." - Los Angeles Times