Naneh Laila va Bachehyash (1998)

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The debut feature by an established screenwriter, Naneh Lalah va Bachehyash is about the plight of an elderly woman who lives alone in a house scheduled to be demolished for a new avenue. Her children are away and she has no one to take her to the city hall to fight the demolition. Her only hope is her son, Ali, who has been living in Japan for the past several years. She has not heard from him in over six months and is worried. One day, when all the neighbors are away attending a funeral, Ali calls Amir, a neighbor's little boy, and asks him to fetch Naneh Laila in an hour's time. But Amir has been locked inside and he cannot get out. Everyone knows how anxious Naneh Laila is to receive some news of her son. Amir summons his friends and the children come up with various schemes, some dangerous and others pure fun, to enable Naneh Laila to speak to her son. These events bring the children closer to the lonely woman. Like other Iranian films of the 1990s, Naneh Laila va Bachehyash uses a simple story involving children to express issues about society and politics. The film was screened at the Hamburg 98 and the 4th International Film Festival of Kerala, 1999.

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child, demolition, elderly, Iran, plight, son, woman