Good Deeds Are Punished in “A Hero” by Farhadi | Movie reviews

By Jake Coyle Associated Press

In the films of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, relatively simple setups – a divorce, a missing woman, a recently loaned apartment – unravel developments so complex and cascading that it’s no surprise a handbag found filled of gold coins causes countless fluctuations of fortune and angst in his latest “A Hero”.

In movies, we tend to reserve the term “magician” for more spectacle-oriented filmmakers who create illusions of visual effects. But Farhadi’s mastery is at least equally spellbinding, despite being rooted in lifelike domestic dramas, with Tehran’s traffic typically buzzing all around. His films (including Oscar winners “A Separation” and “A Salesman”, the first masterpiece “About Elly” and the French drama “The Past” are drawn in a schematic fashion, full of twists and turns. fluid they are invisible. Elaborate mechanics are skillfully hidden in gripping and painstakingly observed stories. Before you know it, a melodrama of modern life has been woven so tightly with psychological suspense you can barely breathe.

“A Hero,” in which Farhadi returns to his native Iran after a trip to Spain for “Everybody Knows” in 2018, is one of the most labyrinthine moral tales you can come across. Rahim (Amir Jadidi) is imprisoned for a debt he could not pay. We first meet him as he eagerly takes a two-day leave, meeting his girlfriend Farkhondeh (Sahar Goldust), who clings to his happy discovery, a discovery that could unleash his love and allow them to come together. marry. The gold discovered, however, was not enough to satisfy its creditor, a miser who owned a printing press named Hossein (Ali Reza Jahandideh). Rahim makes the decision to report the lost bag and return it to its owner.

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