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A Hero(قهرمان)

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France, Iran
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2021

2h 7m

Director Asghar Farhadi
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Genre Drama

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Rahim, temporarily released from prison for two days, must find a way to repay his debt. He catches a lucky break when he returns a lost handbag, and the good deed turns him into a local celebrity. The new found fame however, also raises the suspicions of those who know him best.

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Time Out by Dave Calhoun

It’s a superb morality play that immerses us deeply in a society’s values and rituals and keeps us guessing right to its powerful final shot.
83

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The film misses the core emotional charge of “A Separation” despite a similar eagerness to wade into the weeds of Iranian civil law, but what it lacks in brute force sentiment it makes up for in the Socratic purity of its structure and the childlike simplicity of its central question: What’s the difference between doing a good deed and not doing a bad one?
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

The film’s simple, lower-class setting is met with equally direct camerawork, lighting and editing. This feels like the farthest Farhadi has come from his stage work and the sometimes unconvincing dramatic elements that occasionally creep into his films.
90

TheWrap by Jason Solomons

Shot with precision, written with elegance and unfolding at a thriller-like pace, A Hero should perform very well around the world after this bow.
90

Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

Nobody is quite perfect here, nobody fully the villain; and as our suspicions wax and wane about Rahim himself, we, the audience, become the emotional repositories of these constantly shifting grey areas.
60

Variety by Owen Gleiberman

A Hero, for all that’s good in it, is a Farhadi movie that speaks to our heads (and sometimes has us scratching them) more than it does our hearts.
75

Slant Magazine by Pat Brown

The film is a demonstrative examination of the way our raising of heroes onto social media pedestals diminishes the messy, sometimes impenetrable truth of human lives.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

A Hero is an engaging and even intriguing film, but I wonder if its realist mannerisms are concealing a slightly unfocused story.
80

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

The action always feels rooted in the greater story of the city of Shiraz itself: even a scene as simple as Rahim walking through a shopping centre becomes naturally soundtracked by a musical instrument salesman tuning a dulcimer in his booth.

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