Inversion (Varoonegi)
Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017)

Niloofar (Sahar Dolatshahi), a 35-year-old woman, is forced by her family to accompany her ailing mother in an exodus of Tehran when the air pollution in the city threatens her health, despite the fact that Niloofar is a successful business… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 23, 2017
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Like Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed recent movies, this is a story about middle-class Tehran and the layers of conflict that evolve out of seemingly ordinary circumstances.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Sahar Dowlatshahi, an actor who can emote with just gaze and eyebrows, beautifully complements [writer-director Behnam Behzad's] nuanced approach.

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Aine O'Connor
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Tehran's poor air quality is a defining issue and a metaphor for the oppression of women in Behnam Behzadi's understated but effective film.

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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

The smog that envelopes the teeming metropolis of Tehran, graying out tall buildings and infecting people's lungs, becomes an ominous sign of the times in veteran director Behnam Behzadi's penetrating drama Inversion.

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Stephen Porzio
Film Ireland Magazine

Inversion feels like a neo-realist movie. The settings appear tangible and authentic. The actors disappear into their characters. There is no soundtrack, just the noise of radios and ringtones.

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Simran Hans
Observer (UK)

Dolatshahi is compelling as a woman torn between familial duty and self-determination, coming alive in one particular clothes-shop confrontation.

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Owen Gleiberman
Variety

The audience looks at Niloofar and feels so connected to her eager vitality that we want her to be everything that she can be. But she's living in a society where that desire must take a back seat...to just about everything else.

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Tom Birchenough
The Arts Desk

The elements of drama are strong, and give the film's closely observed scenes -- even when a touch of melodrama slips in, Inversion is still very much a work of realism -- their power.

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Paul Whitington
Irish Independent

[it's about] a depressingly familiar theme in Iranian society: the side-lining of women by a bull-headed, retrograde theocracy. But Behzadi's direction, and Dwolatshahi's subtle, elegant performance, make Inversion a lot less dryly didactic than that.

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