Tragedy strikes at the heart of a wedding in the mountains overlooking Tehran. Its impact highlights the oppressiveness of what is often left unsaid. The film’s title is a cinematic principle for maintaining spatial balance between two characters on the screen. Through this prism, Samadi’s lens brings into focus the dynamics of human relationships, both in a fraught marital home and between a trusted teacher and her vulnerable student. As grief casts its shadow across the wide web of one family, secrecy looms and allegiances colour the notion of what is right. Sahar Dolatshahi gives an extraordinary performance – subtle, searching and profound – emphasising the violence of patriarchal, social and legal strictures endured by mothers. Her silence speaks volumes and its impact is devastating.

Elhum Shakerifar

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The Debate strand is supported by Col and Karen Needham