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Ramin Serry explores such issues as global politics, ideological conflict, and puberty in this coming-of-age film about being an Iranian-American teenager during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Maryam (Mariam Parris) longs to be just a normal New Jersey 16-year-old, but her traditionalist father Darius (Shaun Toub) keeps her on a short rein. Maryam's modest goal is further hampered when her Iranian cousin Ali (David Ackert) comes to stay with them. Though Ali's stridently fundamentalist views represent all that Maryam has come to resent, the two gradually form a friendship of sorts.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Variety
"A quietly moving look back at what it was to be Iranian-American in 1979."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Smarter in its message than its execution, this is still a thought-provoking rental."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"It takes this never-ending confusion and hatred, puts a human face on it, evokes shame among all who are party to it and even promotes understanding."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film is powerful, accessible and funny. You won't miss its messages, but you'll be entertained as well."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"captures that perverse element of the Kafkaesque where identity, overnight, is robbed and replaced with a persecuted "other.""
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Maryam is a small film, but it offers large rewards."
‑ Pam Grady,
"A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama."
‑ , Chicago Tribune
"Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"It's a very sincere work, but it would be better as a diary or documentary."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"It's good; indeed, it's important."
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"The picture would be better suited to public television, where its modest character will be more at home and its didacticism perhaps less blatant."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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