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Rated NR · 109 minutes · 2010
Iranian filmmakers Dariush Mehrjui (Hamoun) and Mehdi Karampour direct an episode apiece for this two-part dramatic anthology about the title city. In Mehrjui's "Days of Acquaintance," a poor family are displaced when the roof of their home caves in; opting to spend their daylight hours on a comfortable tour bus, they're befriended by elderly sightseers who pop for gourmet meals and shelter. It's a wispy premise for a travelogue showcasing Tehran’s historic landmarks and impressive architecture, and the tourism pitch becomes even more obvious when a character starts extolling the city’s modern plumbing. In Karampour's "The Last String"” a sinister government official threatens a rock band for reasons that are initially unclear. The concluding music video reveals that they're protest singers, but by then too much has been lost in translation (partly due to poor subtitling of the Farsi dialogue).
Director: Dariush Mehrjui and Mehdi Karampoor
Producer: M.A. Hossein-Nejad
Cast: Katayun Ebrahimi, Borzou Arjmand, Pantea Bahrami, Farhad Ghaemian, Rahman Hoseini, Ardeshir Kazemi, Parviz Noori, Minoo Saberi, Sorush Sehhat, Farideh Mansour, Tannaz Tabatabayi and Reza Yazdani

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