Saturday, May 25, 2013

Movie of the Week- Santouri

My first movie recommendation is Santouri. This movie came out in 2007, but it's one of those Iranian movies that has stayed with me ever since I first saw it. It is directed by Darioush Mehrjui and stars Bahman Radan and Golshifteh Farahani, who also starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies

Be warned, like many Iranian movies, it is an intense drama involving family life, but it's definitely worth seeing. Bahman Radan plays Ali, a successful santoor (traditional Persian instrument) musician and his wife Hanieh (Golshifteh Farahani), is a pianist. Their relationship starts to fall apart when Ali develops a serious heroin addiction. I don't want to give too much away, but you definitely see a seedier side of Tehran along with the heartbreaking reality of drug addition as Ali's family tries to rehabilitate him. 

Bonus- this is also a good movie for Persian language students. Not only are there a lot of basic phrases, but also a lot of idioms! Click on the link below to watch it with English subtitles. Enjoy and let me know what you think!


  1. This is a fantastic movie, with excellent actors indeed! The music is gorgeous and since I have seen the drama the very first time, I never forgot it. Gorgeous recommendation.
    By the way your blog is fantastic!
    Take care

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The music is wonderful. Makes me want to learn to play the santur :) thank you for reading and for your kind words!


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