Synopsis: A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Maryam Keshavarz
Production: Roadside Attractions
  11 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

If you could be anywhere in

the world where would you be?

Anywhere in the world?

Yes, anywhere.

A place where you could sing

and I'll be your manager.

Shahnaz Yoonesi.


Zahra Latifpour.


Maryam Hedayat.


Tannaz Hemmati.


Shireen Arshadi.


Tahereh Asghari.


Fatemeh Shirazi.


Marziyeh Zarindoost.


Atafeh Hakimi.


Everyone dismissed except

Miss Shireen Arshadi.

Please stay to speak

with the headmaster.

- I'll come with you.

- No.

Sorry, I'm in a hurry.

We have a biology exam today.

I'm her lab partner,

so I'll just wait for her.

You've been busy all month.

I can arrange for plenty

of free time...

At your service, ma'am.

We usually don't let people

like you into our school.

Do you know why?

No, ma'am.

Because their character

is questionable.

You're late again

with this semester's tuition.

Sorry, Madam Teacher,

it's my fault.

I borrowed some money

from Shireen, but...

Take it back.

Bring it to my office later.

Get to class.

"Your character is questionable."

Cello suites,


More specific.

The cellist, the key, the movement.

Pablo Casals.

Minuet in D Minor.

Cello suites, Bach.


The student has beaten his teacher.

The prodigal son.

Welcome home.

Are you well?

Mom has made one

of her special cakes.

God help us.

Eat it for your mother's sake.


How about this one?


Here he is,

as good as new.

You've gotten so thin.

Are you feeling better?

Mehran, I ran into Professor Jamshid

at the University yesterday.

There might be an opening

in the music department.

Music isn't for me

anymore, Father.

What are you saying?

I'm sorry, Father.

Mehran, you've worked so hard...

What, are you scared?

I told my uncle that I'd be home.

Come on, I'll make you

a respectable girl yet.

So, what's your name?

Let's see if you earn

the privilege to know my name.

Vanak Square.

What's your rush?

We're having fun.

Turn it up!

This song is orgasmic.

Who is it?

We're here for the sewing class.

Let me introduce you

to my friend.

- Salaam.

- Salaam.

This is my cousin, Hossein,

who's coming from America.


I'm gonna go dance.

Don't worry.

Tonight, I'm your professor.



Ho-bag, Shireen.

Protection's in the drawer.


Don't worry about it.

I can't hear you.

Let's go somewhere we can talk.

Can I ask you a question?

Does it make you jealous?

Why would I be jealous?

Isn't he your boyfriend?

Boy, that's how it's done.

I knew you weren't such a good girl.

Open your mouth.

Hey, check this out.

Beautiful sparkles.

Pour moi?

Pour toi, madame.

This isn't necessary anymore.

Dad, I'm not going to f*** up again.

I'm sorry.

This is your weekly allowance.

I need all your receipts.

Kids, I have to get to work.

Mehran, I have to

tell you something.

You'll die of laughter.


- Mehran, are you OK?

- Leave me be.

Why can't you understand,

I'm better.

I was just...

I know exactly what the f***

you were trying to do.

Can you help a brother?

Could you help a brother?

Here, brother.

Take this food.

My wife made it.

If you want help, I know a place

that can help you.

Those addicts won't even

leave the mosque in peace.

The mosque is a place for everyone.

God is compassionate.

I'm only here

because of God's mercy.

Seeing young believers

like yourself gives one hope.

I'm Mohammad Mehdi.

Your name, sir?

Pardon me.

My name is Mehran.

So dear Mehran,

what do you do?

What's your profession?

A true Muslim needs to work

and provide for a family.

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Maryam Keshavarz

Maryam Keshavarz (Persian: مریم کشاورز‎) is an Iranian-American filmmaker best known for her 2011 film Circumstance distributed by Participant Media and Roadside Attractions, which won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival. more…

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