Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City)
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Shah-re ziba (The Beautiful City)
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 transferred from a facility for juvenile offenders to an adult prison, where he'll wait until his death sentence is carried out. However, no one is sure when that will be, because Akbar's father is required to pay "blood money" to Rahmati (Faramarz Gharibian), the father of the slain girl, and he hasn't been able to come up with the cash.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] melancholy drama about the aftermath of a senseless murder."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"It's a penetrating exploration of retribution versus forgiveness, blood money, sacrifice and the intricacies of Iran's Islamic judicial system."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"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."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Well acted and smartly written, the film is an eye-opening sociological portrait that also manages to be a compelling human drama."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Persistence is everything in Asghar Farhadi's visually undistinguished but affecting Beautiful City, a simple film about the power of forgiveness."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Here's another deeply resonant little movie from Iran, featuring more polished (yet still naturalistic) acting than usually seen in U.S. productions."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
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