MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 20, 2023 – THE PERSIAN VERSION

A strong-willed mother and her independent daughter butt heads but ultimately gain a greater understanding of each other in Iranian American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’ semi-autobiographical dramedy The Persian Version. Switching between narrators and perspectives and jumping back and forth in time between the past and the present to reveal key moments in both women’s lives, it creatively explores tensions connected to cultural conflict and family relationships.

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THE PERSIAN VERSION – Review by T. J. Callahan

Maryam Keshavarz should be proud of her portrayal of her culture and the women in it. The Persian Version is her empowerment film. It’s her homage to the strong Iranian females still fighting for their rights in their own way. The men are on the backburner. Just know this film is two stories in one that bounce back and forth, mostly seamlessly, between each other. Expect subtitles as well as an entertaining ensemble cast with a hint of I Love Lucy. IYKYK

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THE PERSIAN VERSION – Review by Sherin Nicole

While watching The Persian Version I was reminded of a song lyric. “What I need from you is understanding.” That is the core of the film, the idea that if we understood our parents, we might understand how they raised us better. If we connect with the culture of our ancestral homes, we might better perceive the ways we fight against and fight to incorporate our “Americaness.” Maryam Keshavarz’s film is a Persian story, it is an American story, and it’s an Iranian-American story; it is queer and it is about generations of women.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Maryam Keshavarz’s THE PERSIAN VERSION opens theatrically – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance Film Festival hit The Persian Version will be released in theaters this autumn. Sony Pictures Classics landed North American rights to the mother-daughter story following its award-winning world premiere at the prestigious Utah film fest. Written, directed, and produced by Keshavarz, the film received a rousing standing ovation and glowing reviews, along with the Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition), at Sundance.

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