The Common Plight (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Family Drama  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - Iran  |  
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This Iranian drama takes place within a Tehran apartment during a dinner party between four people. Much of the story centers upon Fariba, a frustrated writer whose husband has left her. She goes to the home of Firozeh and the wheelchair-bound Syavash, a former athlete. Now Syavash makes his living as a painter and constantly assures his insecure wife that he needs nothing more in his life than his art and her, but as happy as they outwardly seem, the evening slowly reveals their darker side -- the side that grieves over the death of their child. The final guest at this dinner is a depressed doctor, distraught over his missing wife who has left him. As each abandoned person tells his or her story, flashbacks embellish the tales.

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dinner-party, grief, marital-problems, writer, wheelchair, athlete