A Hero
Drama, Foreign, Thriller
2 hours 7 minutes
Age restriction:
M (Suicide references)
Asghar Farhadi
Amir Jadidi,
Mohsen Tanabandeh,
Sarina Farhadi,
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy,
Sahar Goldoust,
Maryam Shahdaie,
Saleh Karimai,
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A Hero

2 hours 7 minutes | Rated M (Suicide references)

Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don’t go as planned…

“Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won all sorts of plaudits a decade ago (including the Foreign Language Oscar) for his Tehran-set divorce drama A Separation [NZIFF 2011]. This is a similarly clear-eyed, precise and thrilling work that begins with an endearing but also slightly unreadable man, Ramin (Amir Jadidi) leaving prison on temporary leave. Ramin is serving a sentence for financial crimes after going bankrupt and failing to pay back a loan to his former father-in-law, Braham (Mohsen Tanabandeh). Now back in the city of Shiraz for a few days, Ramin has a chance to pay back some of that money, get his life back on track and regain some of his dignity…

Ramin’s plan is fragile. It revolves around selling 17 gold coins found abandoned in a handbag… Disappointed by a fall in the price of gold, Ramin instead decides that celebrity is the way to regain the respect he so sorely needs… Ramin engineers a hero status for himself, declaring that he’s found this treasure and putting up posters everywhere looking for its rightful owner. Soon, he’s on TV, being championed as selfless…


Part of the movie’s brilliance is in how it questions the very concept of a good deed. AV Club

There’s never just one central drama in an Asghar Farhadi film. The Iranian auteur finds ways to bring multiple story lines and culpability together. Toronto Star

In Mr. Farhadi’s hands it’s a deliciously ironic, exquisitely complex and mysteriously stirring tale of a man, his son and family, and the staining of multiple reputations by what seems, at the outset, to be a fairly minor lie. Wall Street Journal

Farhadi might not be a filmmaker you expect to tackle the emotional ramifications of social media, but in his low-key way, he manages to spin Rahim’s diffidence into a shrewd portrait of how random faces in the crowd can sow doubt. ndieWire

A superb morality play that immerses us deeply in a society’s values and rituals and keeps us guessing right to its powerful final shot. Time Out


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