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BALLAD OF A WHITE COW

Maryam Moghadam & Behtash Sanaeeha | 2020 | 105 MINS
Iran | Subtitles
In a suspenseful drama that quietly builds tension, a widow battles her in-laws after her husband is executed and meets a new man.

In Detail

Mina's life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband Babak was wrongly accused of the crime for which he was executed. The bureaucracy apologizes for the miscarriage of justice and holds out the prospect of financial compensation. As an act of self-respect and for the sake of her deaf daughter, Mina takes up the fight against an apparatus marked by cynicism; she demands an apology.

Just as money is running out and she loses her flat, a stranger named Reza shows up. He claims to have owed Babak a debt that he now wants to settle. Here the film pivots into a kind of subtle thriller, as Mina and Reza become friends, possibly more. This develops into a suspenseful engrossing watch. The film constantly challenges the viewer not only to acknowledge criminal justice and social systems, especially in Iran, but assess their own views of justice, consequences, and revenge. In the tradition of Asghar Farhadi (‘A Hero’).

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