Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City)
Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City) (2004)

A complex web of emotional and legal issues is being spun around a young man on death row in this drama from Iran. Akbar (Hossein Farzi-Zadeh) murdered his girlfriend when he was 16 years old; now that he's 18, he's being… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

[A] melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

It's a penetrating exploration of retribution versus forgiveness, blood money, sacrifice and the intricacies of Iran's Islamic judicial system.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Well acted and smartly written, the film is an eye-opening sociological portrait that also manages to be a compelling human drama.

Ronnie Scheib

Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout perfs, including Taraneh Alidoosti's ... make City more accessible to arthouse auds than more stylistically challenging Farsi fare.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Persistence is everything in Asghar Farhadi's visually undistinguished but affecting Beautiful City, a simple film about the power of forgiveness.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Here's another deeply resonant little movie from Iran, featuring more polished (yet still naturalistic) acting than usually seen in U.S. productions.

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John Anderson

Cross-pollinate an archetypal plotline with problematic romance and what you get is Beautiful City, a film in which the world is made immediate and kinetic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Beautiful City", Akbar(Hossein Farzi-Zadeh) has just turned 18 which should be cause for celebration but is not since he is… More
Daisy Maduro
At first, the film's set-up was primitive, and there seems to be no importance on the crime itself. The lead characters all claim that their friend, a… More