Cert: TBC Year: 2009 Length: 95 mins Language: Persian
We see the underbelly of urban Iran – the title is a slang name for Tehran's slums - in this first feature by Homayoun, who got permission to shoot his fiction by pretending it was a documentary. Ibrahim struggles to get by, renting a baby to improve his begging potential and trying to conceal his criminal associations from his new wife. Both crime drama and social study, Tehroun won the International Critics’ Week Audience award at the Venice Film Festival.
Tehroun offers a rare glimpse of the criminal underbelly in Tehran's slums, cutting pungent realism with a dose of melodrama that punctuates its otherwise naturalistic script and performances.
Kieran Grant, Eye Weekly.com
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