Manu Sankar Das
The movie basically focuses on the struggle of women in the male dominated Iranian society where women were not allowed to complete their education if they wanted to and were prohibited from having a social life with friends. Once married, they were considered as good as slaves to their husbands. One of the focal points of the movie lies in the subtle comparison between the traditional village life and orthodox beliefs and slightly more modern and contemporary life of the city. The movie also tried to drive home the point that how the norms of the society can change and virtually destroy the life of a woman in Iran so quickly. The movie also focuses on the Islamic Revolution whose importance in the lives of the Iranians can’t be underestimated. Last but not the least, it deals in the details of daily life in post-revolutionary Iran: In the unspoken ways that a woman's duties, her clothing, her behaviour, who she speaks to, what she says, all express her servitude in a male dominated society.
Two things are portrayed in this movie-firstly, even the most talented, deserving persons can suffer in life because of circumstances and secondly, violence need not always be in the form of physical abuse. Through Fareshteh’s character the movie has depicted the challenges faced by a well educated, ambitious woman in a strongly patriarchal society like Iran. The film also draws parallel to situations in India where the woman is expected to get married and settle down as early as possible.
The movie, through simple examples has shown how Fareshteh- the ideal, talented woman is broken down slowly. First, by being cajoled into marrying a much older man, then being deprived of her freedom bit by bit. Like many Indians, I could relate to the state of a woman, who was not allowed to work, not allowed to finish higher education and was constantly nagged by her husband. Books gave her company. The movie... [continues]
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