Cinema: The [Iranian] Neighbor
21 Aug 2010 19:28
[ spotlight ] HAMSEYEH (THE NEIGHBOR)
Canada - United States / 2010 / Colour / 104 min / Dir.: Naghmeh Shirkhan
Cast: Azita Sahebjam, Tara Nazemi, Parisa Wahedi, Kamyar Mahinsa, Matt Dean, Ramin Sanadizadeth, Parvin Sahebjam
Shirin lives in Vancouver, a city in a "foreign" land. Estranged from her mother, and involved in a long-distance relationship that keeps hitting a dead end, Shirin tries to keep afloat. She supports herself as a folk dancer and instructor, but it's her passion for tango, as well as her fond memories of her grandmother in Iran that keep her going. Shirin's routine is disrupted when she meets her new next door neighbour, Leila. Intrigued by the younger woman's comings and goings, and their common roots, Shirin tries to befriend her despite Leila's lack of interest and cold demeanor.
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