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Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011.
Canadian home video rating: PG.
Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat.
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
The thing I loved most about this movie (besides the stellar acting) was the way it reminded me that all people, all over the world are essentially the same. It seems like Iran is villified so much these days in America, so it was wonderful to watch a movie about peoples' day to day lives and remember that the people of the country are just like us. They're just people trying to balance work and family life, take care of each other, and navigate societal expectations. The father's beautiful treatment and respect for his elderly father, the marriage complications the strain that kind of intense in-home care can cause, and the misunderstandings and prejudices associated with class differences were all fascinating.