The Forbidden Chapter

Synopsis: A drug addicted, middle-aged detective, beaten down by life and bureaucracy, investigates a series of murders of prostitutes in the slums of Tehran.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
90 min

Go, get lost!

Come on, give me something.

Go away, you don't deserve anything.

My baby hasn't eaten at all today.

The trucks will be here soon

and you'll have a lot of customers.

Get out of here, wretch!

Go away.

Get in.

Excuse him, Caliph.

Excuse his impudence.

His name is Seyf-o-Allah, as I said.

If you give your consent,

he has courage.


Thank you.

You've stopped

the detox program again!

I've had a lot of problems.

Yes, I read the newspapers.

But this is useless.

You keep disappearing.

You won't quit like this.

I'm exhausted, doctor.

Your heart's at risk.

This time I'll go through with it.

I'll be honest, you don't stand

much of a chance.

They're all corpses of prostitutes

from the refugee camp.

The murderer leaves the bodies

where they will be easily found.

I tried to convince them

to not give you the case.

I told them that you're

as stubborn as a mule,

that you don't know

where the limits are.

And besides,

you've got your own shit

to deal with and you're due to retire.

But it didn't work.

They said you're the only one who

can get to the bottom of it quickly.

It's your hometown.

You know everybody there.

City of love...

City of all good...

City of memories...

For my good work.

Thank you, God bless you.

- What's going on?

- There's been a murder.

Take her away!

Get rid of these people.

Come on, move along.

- Is it yours?

- No. No.

What the devil are you doing here?

Get out!

Thank you very much.

Come on, boy,

a tea for the gentleman.

Since the serial killer appeared,

the women here have reformed

and now they're all puppeteers.

How's business?

I can't complain.

Do you want me

to find you some customers?

- I'll take one third. Okay?

- It's a deal.

You're a new face.

- I'm looking for a place to stay.

- And you're probably alone.

With a little work you'll think

you're staying at the Palace Hotel.

If you take on a taleb, he'll cost

nothing and work like a mule.

A taleb?

The young men that the Master

attracts, they're called taleb.

Every day they have

to perform good deeds.

"Sometimes the spirit

gets lost in the wind.

In those moments,

it's contaminated by sin.

Of all the guilts, the evil that

lives inside you is the dirtiest.

Because one part of you is human and

the other part is still the devil.

No one can divide

their life into two.

One part for God

and the other for himself;

one part for the spirit

and the other for the body."

Come on,

the new brothers have arrived.

Each one of you

will be assigned a new brother.

Hurry up.

Come on, quickly.

Take your clothes off.

They're photos!

It's forbidden!

Go back to your rooms

and get ready for the ceremony.

Everyone out of the yard!

No possessions allowed here.

We give you all you need.

You, go away!

For my good work, sister.

What are you doing

with our television?

It's forbidden!

"Life is a temple:

it is religion, ritual and rules.

You have to bring all that you

Possess on the path of religion."

Excellent. Now you too know all

of human knowledge.

Here, our Master has written all

that is necessary for humans to know.

God willing, this knowledge

will protect me from sin?

I've been praying forty years longer

than you have...


I am still

as close as this to sin.




8th victim...

10th victim...

11th victim...

A puppet...

at every crime scene.

- How many have been killed, sergeant?

- A lot.

Was our neighbor the last one?

No. Another one's been killed

in the next street.

- And a good job too!

- What are you talking about?

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Fariborz Kamkari

Fariborz Kamkari is a Kurdish Iranian film director and producer. Kamkari was born in 1971 in Iran, and studied cinema and theater in Tehran, Iran. He has written several scripts for other Iranian directors, and has produced and directed some short films. In 2002, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Black Tape. The film won the top jury prize at Cinequest Film Festival, and was in competition at several other festivals, including the Venice Film Festival. In 2005, Kamkari wrote and directed The Forbidden Chapter, an Italy-France-Iran co-production. more…

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