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Beautiful City(شهر زیبا)

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Iran
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2004

1h 41m

Director Asghar Farhadi
Starring Tarane Alidousti, Babak Ansari, Faramarz Gharibian, Ahoo Kheradmand
Genre Drama
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Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried out. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A'la, a friend of Akbar, who himself has undergone imprisonment for burglary, soon after his release tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar's plaintiff so as to stop the execution

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Chicago Reader by

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi follows up his stunning debut feature "Dancing in the Dust" (2003) with this melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder.
60

Village Voice by Joshua Land

At times resembling an Iranian "Dead Man Walking," Beautiful City goes out of its way to give each character a fair shake-a few patriarchal rages notwithstanding, even the vengeful father is treated sympathetically. But the script, overly laden with red herrings, forces its characters into some improbable dilemmas.
88

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

While touching on subjects as serious and diverse as capital punishment, the devaluation of women in Iran and the true Islamic concept of forgiveness, this powerful melodrama from the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is anything but a message movie.
70

Variety by Ronnie Scheib

Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout performances.

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