Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori)
Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016)

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's third feature, Chahar Shanbeh Suri (aka Fireworks Wednesday), follows Rouhi (Taraneh Alidoosti), a betrothed woman who works for a local housekeeping agency. When she accepts an assignment cleaning the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 16, 2016
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Consensus: Well-written and powerfully acted, Fireworks Wednesday gives audiences an early, assured glimpse of writer-director Asghar Farhadi's emerging talent.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Farhadi manages to skirt the political and focus on human emotion, deception and frailty with such force that his setting and artistic restraints are rendered near irrelevant.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Mournful, enigmatic and compulsively engrossing, "Fireworks Wednesday" gives viewers a chance to watch a master at work - before he was acknowledged as a master.

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Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Though surrounded by actors of talent, especially the women, [Taraneh ] Alidousti carries the film by way of her expressive, all-seeing eyes.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Tehran on the eve of the Muslim New Year provides the backdrop for this engrossing Iranian drama about a marriage in crisis.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Any time you get to see a radiant bride-to-be (Taraneh Alidoosti) try on her dress and admire her reflection at the outset, you know that bliss is in the crosshairs.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Here's a film directed by a relative newcomer, Asghar Farhadi, that feels just as fresh as films by his predecessors, yet it also turns slightly inward, getting a little closer to the more turbulent human emotions.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

[A] complex and magnificently acted melodrama ...

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It succeeds, as very few films do, with simultaneously presenting several distinct viewpoints without shortchanging any of them.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a very well acted film by the three main actors. The central part of the story (by writer-director Asghar Farhadi of 'A Separation') is powerful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
After being blown away by A Separation, I decided to delve into director Asghar Farhadi's oeurve. Fireworks Wednesday, centers around familiar terrain: a… More