Hamoun

Hamoun

DVD - 2004 | Persian
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The story of Hamid Hamoun, an executive in a large import-export business, who also works as a part-time English instructor. He feels alienated from Iranian society, bound by its conventions yet unwilling to abide by its rigid laws. His wife wants to divorce him but is unable to do so under Islamic law. In this film, husband and wife struggle to find their own solid ground.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : First Run Features, [2004]
Branch Call Number: DVD Persian HAM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 117 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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voisjoe1 May 03, 2014

Warning! This film is only for Iranians or for serious film aficionados. I may be the last person to comment on it on this website. This film at one time was considered by many to be the best Iranian film ever produced. It replaced another much earlier film, “The Cow,” by the same director. It is the most difficult film that I have seen this year, in that I am sure that I missed much of what it is about. Some of the problem is that this version has some of the old time white only subtitles, so that the words are obscured whenever the titles pass by a white object. Older viewers may remember this problem with some of the older foreign classics. One critic suggested that the restrictions on the female protagonist is just a metaphor for the restrictions of the current dictatorship over the population (a sneaky way to criticize the stupid but brutal dictatorship). One might note that there was no physical contact whatsoever between the married couple. That is because the Iranian dictatorship allows no physical contact between actors of the opposite sex.

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geomillar
Feb 21, 2011

I didn't like this Mihrjui Dariyush film to much. He's a great director but I found it tedious. It's rather wordy and the white subtitles against a white background limited my better comprehension.

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