Leila (1999)

An Iranian newlywed is happy until her tradition-minded, meddling mother-in-law starts insisting on having a male grandchild.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 14, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A richly developed psychodrama that reveals the crucial role self-esteem plays in our relationships.

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Michael Dequina

A film of great sadness, the tragedy of a love torn apart by each partner's overeagerness to please the other.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a very compelling and subtle film, it shows the current conflict in Iran between modernity and Islamic tradition.

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Dustin Putman

A powerfully articulated and subtle drama from famous Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

From the first frame to the last, you feel an intimacy with Leila that is the result of flawless direction and excellent writing.

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Wahida K
The tragedy of a love torn apart by each partner's overeagerness to please the other
John Ballantine
Another winner from the Iranian cinema. I was struck by recent comments by an expert that most Iranians do not see their art house films and that most of their… More