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Moored a few hundred yards off the Persian coast, a derelict oil tanker has become a thriving home for cast-off members of Iran's Sunni-Arab minority. When the ship's owners announce they intend to sell Nemat's fiefdom for scrap, and the ad hoc community's on-board teacher discovers that the ship is slowly sinking, the captain must provide his people with a future, while reserving the peace and upholding the law in the present. Hossein Farzi-Zadeh stars in this film by Mohammad Rasoulof.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 202703435
UPC 738329049522
UPC 14 00738329049522
Format DVD
Release Date 8/29/2006
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Rasoulof,Mohammad
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Cast & Crew
Abolhassan Davudi - Producer
Ali Nassirian - Actor
Bahram Dehghani - Editor
Bita Mansoory - Executive Producer
Hossein Farzi-Zadeh - Actor
Mohammad Rasoulof - Director
Mohammad Rasoulof - Writer
Mohammad Reza Aligholi - Original Music By
Neda Pakdaman - Actor
Reza Jalali - Cinematographer
ReviewSource Philadelphia City Paper
Review Like the freighter-bound community in which it's set, Mohammad Rasoulof's communal allegory is rusty and slow to turn, but carries its hefty cargo securely to the end. Ali Nasirian's captain presides over a group of Iranian Muslims who are literally set adrift, attached to the mainland by memories and cellular phones. A series of melodramatic episodes play out without much conviction, but the movie's rhetorical set pieces go off without a hitch.
Reviewer Sam Adams
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review This is a potent social allegory from Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, told with humor and a feeling of mystery. Though it's thoroughly grounded in everyday realities, the film achieves a sense of fable...There are scenes with a visual power that's hard to explain: One by one, a dozen or more of the ship's young men tip half-filled oil barrels into the ocean and jump in after them to swim the barrels to shore. Rasoulof also offers openly visionary touches: an old man constantly peers into the distance looking for something unspecified, and a boy catches fish in the vessel's flooded depths, inspects them closely, then tosses them into the ocean.
Reviewer Walter Addiego
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Rasoulof,Mohammad
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A powerful symbolic drama.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor ...a harrowing, one-of-a-kind movie.
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...the ultimate metaphor for a society adrift from its culture.
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