Dasthaye Aloodeh (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Crime Comedy, Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - Iran   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Marriage is supposed to make people happy, but for two men it's both profitable and criminal in this comedy from Iran. Nader (Amin Hayayi) and Siamak (Abolfazi Pour-Arab) are a pair of longtime friends who run a business in which they help arrange weddings; they have horses for the bride and groom to ride, a flock of doves to release for dramatic effect, Siamak's significant other Diba (Hediah Tehrani) knows the ins and outs of the traditional Iranian wedding feast, and Nader's wife-to-be Roya (Elham Imani) helps Diba set up. But Nader and Siamak also have a lucrative sideline -- their wedding service is a front for a robbery ring, in which they carefully and efficiently rob their clients blind. Siamak finds himself unexpectedly wrestling with his conscience when he falls in love with Nasrin (Asel Badiie), much to the consternation of Diba. Siamak decides to propose to Nasrin, which leads to him getting the third degree from her dad (Saied Pirdoust), and as Siamak tries to hide the true nature of his business from his future father-in-law, who has hired a detective to spy on the potential groom, he tries to figure out a way to rob his own wedding. Dasthaye Aloodeh was released in the United States by the Iranian Film Society, an American firm dedicated to bringing mainstream Iranian cinema to audiences in North America.



groom [bridegroom], scheme, wedding-plans, conscience, crime-ring, criminal, robbery, father-in-law, detective