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Under the Skin of the City (2001)

Zir-e poost-e shahr (original title)
A valuable visual commentary on modern society, 'Under The Skin Of The City' follows one Iranian family in their eternal struggle to stay afloat financially and emotionally. Touba works ... See full summary »

Director:

Rakhshan Banietemad (as Rakhshan Bani-Etemad)

Writers:

Rakhshan Banietemad (as Rakhshan Bani-Etemad), Farid Mostafavi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Golab Adineh ... Tuba
Mohammad Reza Forutan ... Abbas
Baran Kosari ... Mahboubeh
Ebrahim Sheibani Ebrahim Sheibani ... Ali
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi Mohsen Ghazi Moradi ... Mahmoud the Father
Mehraveh Sharifinia Mehraveh Sharifinia ... Masoumeh
Homeira Riazi Homeira Riazi ... Hamideh
Alireza Oosivand Alireza Oosivand ... Nasser Khan
Mehrdad Falahatger Mehrdad Falahatger ... Marandi
Maryam Boubani Maryam Boubani ... Masoumeh's Mother
Nazanin Farahani Nazanin Farahani ... Nahid
Vahid Razaghi Vahid Razaghi ... Homayoon
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Storyline

A valuable visual commentary on modern society, 'Under The Skin Of The City' follows one Iranian family in their eternal struggle to stay afloat financially and emotionally. Touba works hard at a textile factory to make ends meet during the day, returning in the evening to face the trials and tribulations of her family: her pregnant daughter who frequently suffers at the hands of her abusive husband, a son embroiled in radical politics, and another son who hopes to escape to Japan. In their fight for self-determination and independence, Touba and her family come to represent the plight of the working class in modern day Tehran. Written by IMVBox.com

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Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

IMVBox.com | sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

25 May 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo la piel de la ciudad See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,412, 16 March 2003

Gross USA:

$30,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,666
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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a rather brave look at the down-sides of Iranian society
19 December 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was pretty amazed when I watched this film because it was a brave look at some of the social problems a particular family has in Iran. There are several instances of spousal and child abuse in the film and although the lead character takes a fatalistic view, several of her children are enraged by it. I really enjoyed watching their daughter slug the neighbor who had been abusing her best friend--it really felt quite satisfying to watch. In addition, there are several societal problems (under-employment, the black market, etc.) that are discussed as well. I am really quite surprised that a movie coming out of Iran would take such a risk. Because of this, it is definitely worth a look.

This movie is not nearly as "pretty" as the fabulous Iranian films THE COLOR OF PARADISE or CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, but it helps to give a very different view of urban Iranian life.


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