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Miffed at her upper-middle-class parents for separating her from a boy she fancies, a young Iranian girl (Pegah Ahangarani) roams the streets of Tehran in search of him and finds herself in some of the city's more menacing districts. The patriarchal mind-set is obvious from the reactions she encounters: some men harass her, others issue warnings, and a few come to her aid, but none of them treats her as an independent person. That bleak conclusion matches her romantic disappointment at the end, and director Rasoul Sadr Ameli's understated, naturalistic approach makes it all the sadder. This 1999 Iranian film ignores the girl's family life and social milieu, leaving her motivation unclear, but the brooding, assertive Ahangarani shines as a willful young woman eager to test the limits of acceptable behavior. 90 min.

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