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100 minutes · 2015

Though clearly aiming for acute social commentary, Iran's second-biggest box office hit of 2015 looks and feels more like a feature-length soap opera with tediously low stakes. The draws are Leila Hatami and Shahab Hosseini, who costarred in Asghar Farhadi's vastly superior A Separation (2011), as an unhappily married couple with an awful secret dividing them—the wife, a divorce lawyer, unwittingly takes on her husband's pregnant mistress and legal second wife (Mina Vahid) as a client. But neither the flimsy script nor Alireza Raisian's unfocused direction gives one a compelling reason to care whether any of the relationships, least of all the central one, will survive. Hatami and Hosseini are transfixing individually but weak in scenes together that should be emotionally charged. In Persian with awkward subtitles.

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