After receiving what appears to be a suicide note, Behnaz Jafari (playing herself) sets off to find the distraught girl with Jafar Panahi as her driver. The plot thickens when they reach the girl’s remote village in Iran’s rural north and find themselves enmeshed in rituals of hospitality and ‘quaint’ local traditions that cover a decidedly myopic worldview. Through a series of often-farcical encounters, Panahi astutely probes the patriarchal customs and how they impact on Iranian women.
“The most feminist film of the (Cannes Film Festival) . . . is the quiet, subtle and beautiful work of a 57-year-old male Iranian.” The Guardian
Co-Winner Best Screenplay Cannes Film Festival 2018