If I were you, I would try to get along with my neighbor. At this stage in the story, however, it is already too late for Reza to simply apologize for the beating. Even if Abbas is faking his injuries, he is not the one who will have to deal with the corrupt administrative machine after the corporation represented by Abbas poisoned his entire fish farm. Instead, this will fall to the school principal, Hadis's husband or to Sahanda, who can only think about getting an X-box. But who should he complain to? In Iran, there is an official at every step, and every one of them has to be paid to get out of way. It is Kafkaesque. Rasoulof's film takes the form of a series of meetings that test the protagonist's patience, reacting only when he is immersed up to his nose in milky water. In a situation where every act of resistance affects his family, Reza will have to bend or take the game to a higher level. Because, as his sister says-she is trying to get by on her own as a translator and to get her husband out of prison-In this country, you either oppress or you are oppressed.
Cannes IFF 2017 - Un Certain Regard Award
Born in Shizuku, Iran, in 1972, Mohammad Rasoulof continues to make social dramas aimed at the authorities despite a six-year prison sentence hanging over him for shooting without a permit (Goodbye). It is no wonder that his projects have increasingly attacked the country's oppressive system and government corruption. That is why A Man ofIntegrity, an award winner in the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival, had to be smuggled to the jury on a pendrive.
2005 Jazireh Ahani / Iron Island
2009 Keshtzar haye sepid / The White Meadows
2011 Pożegnanie / Bé omid é didar / Goodbye
2013 Rękopisy nie płoną / Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand
2017 Uczciwy człowiek / Lerd / A Man of Integrity