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Under the Skin of the City

Feature Film

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad


93 minutes

Farsi with English subtitles


Winner! Grand Jury Prize, Moscow Film Festival

"Splendid...increasingly suspenseful." —Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times
"Unforgettable!" —Chris Chang, Film Comment
"Brave and unflinching!" —V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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This film is currently out-of-print.

Widely regarded as the "First Lady of Iranian Cinema", Rakhsan Bani-Etemad's first US release is a stirring and powerful family drama that provides a fresh and provocative vision of Iranian urban society.

Tuba, a mother of four, is a hardworking factory worker who is faced with unexpected challenges that threaten her family and way of life. Her oldest son, Abbas, works to obtain a foreign work visa, which he hopes will allow him the opportunity to provide more for his family and win the affections of a pretty office girl. To make his final payment, he sells the family home, but when his travel plans fall apart Tuba is forced to take drastic measures to save her house and son.

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