Under the Shadow

Synopsis: As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
Director(s): Babak Anvari
Production: Wigwam Films
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min



Sir, I just want to come back

and finish my studies.

Being a doctor and serving society

has always been my main goal in life.

I don't want my future destroyed

because of one mistake.

So, do you admit it?

Admit what?

What you've done.

Well, I don't know the details of my case

but I guess the reason I can't return

is because I was politically active.

But sir, everyone was politically active

during the revolution.

I was young.


I mean, I didn't even understand

the difference between left and right.

I was just passionate

like everyone else that age.

I was concerned about the country.

I wanted change.

I'm sure you understand.

If I ended up

in one of those radical left groups...

It was only because

I didn't know any better...

Every mistake has consequences.

I let you in so you could hear this

directly from my lips

and stop wasting your time

by coming here every day.

Let me tell you this frankly.

You cannot continue your studies.

Based on your history, there is not even

the slightest possibility

that you can ever return

to the university.

I suggest you find a new goal in life.

- Hello, Mrs. fakur.

- Hello, dear.

Sorry, I'm late.

I hope dorsa wasn't any trouble?

No trouble at all.

We had fun.

Dorsa! Mum!

- What happened?

- Mummy.

Oh, darling

it's okay.

It's okay. I understand.

That's the climate right now.

Don't let it change you.

To my daughter.


on beginning medical school.

I'm proud of you.

Your loving mother.

Hello? Anyone home?

Dad, dad, dad, dad!

Hello, little one.

Where's mum?

She's in the bedroom.

She's grumpy.



What are you doing?

Those are my course books.

Give them away to someone

who wants them. Or Chuck them.

Go and play dorsa.

What happened?

Maybe things will get better

after the war.

There's no guarantee.

And this war seems to be never ending.

Well, you've tried your best.

It's out of your hands now.

Who knows? It's probably for the best.

Dorsa! Run!

Where are you going?

- There is no time, we have to go downstairs!

- We can't leave kimia behind.

Come on.



Thank you, doctor.

- Sorry for the trouble.

- Not at all.

Thank god, sounds like they've put

more defenses around Tehran.

I heard a rumor that Iraq

is launching missiles now...

Leave her alone.

Dorsa, come here, sweetheart.

Who's this new boy?

Mr. ebrahimi's nephew. Apparently

he lost his parents in the abadan.




What happened, sweetheart?

Did you have a bad dream?

It's okay.

No, dear, those things don't exist.

Next time you're scared,

remember that you're not on your own.

I gave you kimia to keep you company.

Good morning.

No toys at the breakfast table please.

Good morning.

The tape on the windows is coming off.

- What if the windows shatter in a blast...

- I'll re-tape them.

Did you have a nightmare last night?

She said she heard someone

walking in the house.

You're a bad sleeper

just like your mother.

Did you sleep okay last night?


Why do you think I'm sleepwalking again?

You would have noticed.

I was out cold.

Just because I did it once or twice

like six months ago,

doesn't mean it's a constant thing.

Plus this is not the first time dorsa has

had a nightmare and imagined things.

I'm just saying you're only a bad sleeper

when you're stressed.

What's that?

It's my...

Annual draft notice.

Why didn't you mention it sooner?

You've had other things on your mind.

I'm going to the ministry of health later

today to see where I'm stationed.

Might get somewhere safe

like last year...

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Babak Anvari

Babak Anvari (Persian: بابک انوری‎) is a British-Iranian filmmaker. more…

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