From a black screen, a man and a woman are heard arguing and hurrying away from a house. Afterward, the screen radiates brilliant green countryside, traversed by a small black car. Subtitles relay a conversation by another man and woman, but now we hear no voices. Kamran and Sharareh, a deaf couple, are driving Sharareh’s young nephew, Arshia, back home to Tehran. Something terrible has happened. But the couple keep the news from Arshia, debating his future in a language not as private as they believe, and turning a car trip into a subtly humorous and deeply compassionate meditation on communication and emotional disability.
“The great success of ‘Mourning’ is how deliberately and convincingly it expands, taking a simple story and opening it up to nuance and complexity, allowing the audience to enter into the world of the film where there are no easy answers.” – Film Capsule
“Farshbaf fashions a consistently surprising and blackly comic road trip that may herald the arrival of a major new Iranian talent.” – Institute of Contemporary Arts
‘Mourning’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Persian with English subtitles.