Leila and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy, but fascinating to watch, as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission?

Led by riveting performances from Taraneh Alidoosti and writer-director Mani Haghighi, this bold comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege and corruption.

“In the end, it’s an actors’ film serving up two very juicy roles for Haghighi as the cynical sadist Kaveh and Alidoosti as the deliciously spoiled, enterprising Leyla who may be his sister, though the web of lies they spin leaves room for doubt. Apart from the fun parts, which they handle with easy lightness, the scene of his diabolical taunting in the cemetery and her finally taking responsibility for the mule are chilling performance pieces.”
-Hollywood Reporter

“The performances from the actors who play these mountain folk are raw and believable, and while the setting may be otherworldly in its high-altitude grandeur, it is also grittily real.” -Screen Daily

‘Modest Reception’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.

In Farsi with English subtitles.

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