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Tehran Taboo (Téhéran tabou) [Sub: Eng]
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Tehran Taboo (Téhéran tabou) [Sub: Eng]

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A young woman needs an operation to 'restore' her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.
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April 12, 2018

"Tehran Taboo" is enlightening and engaging. It manages to be both tragic and wryly funny as it explores social, cultural and political issues of modern Iran.
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San Francisco Examiner
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March 02, 2018

Some of the more dramatic developments feel heavy-handed. But the movie, which touches on everything from divorce to porn to abortion to illegal satellite dishes, is socially substantial and highly enjoyable female-focused...
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San Francisco Chronicle
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February 28, 2018

It's so heavily loaded with grievances that it begins to feel one-dimensional, though it's impossible to argue with its compassion for its characters, whose sufferings are imposed by an intensely repressive society.
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Cinemalogue.com
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February 16, 2018

Although the themes are familiar, the urgency strikes a resonant chord that transcends borders.
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RogerEbert.com
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February 14, 2018

Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges.
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Los Angeles Times
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March 12, 2018

These tales are brimming with urgency and conflict and serve as powerful reminders of the liberties and autonomy those of us living in the free world too often take for granted.
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New York Times
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February 13, 2018

"Tehran Taboo" aims to expose systemic hypocrisy; in that respect, it is brisk and bracing.
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Chicago Reader
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February 14, 2018

Like no Iranian movie I've seen, Tehran Taboo reveals the routine hypocrisy of people who observe and even enforce a strict religious code but secretly indulge in the pleasures of the flesh.
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eFilmCritic.com
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March 23, 2018

Amid the repression and pain there are some transcendent moments, some sweet shards of joy and leisure. The thickly lined bodies join together, come apart, fly or fall.
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Flickering Myth
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February 15, 2018

Things are just as bleak at the end as they began, driving home the point that citizens, absolutely women, have every right in the world for wanting to seek refuge in more hospitable, progressive, developed, countries
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San Diego Reader
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April 06, 2018

Happily, Soozandah is more humanist than polemicist, so that what follows is less about the system than the people navigating it.
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The Young Folks
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February 28, 2018

Tehran Taboo is a fascinating glimpse into how Iran's patriarchal and religious society affects men and women.
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