Tarkesh-Ha-Ye Solh (2001)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Iran  |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A community struggles to survive amidst the detritus of war in this impressionistic drama from Iran. In an unnamed village along the border of what was once a war zone, nearly anyone with the means to move on has done so, leaving behind a handful of women and children alongside the elderly and infirm who must fend for themselves however they can. The village boasts only one money-making business: selling scrap metal from military refuse to a local junk dealer who pays meager wages for often dangerous work, as the most valuable items are in areas still guarded by land mines. The villagers strike for more money, and the scrap dealer eventually gives in, but there is only so much junk left to be claimed, and as the villagers become more desperate, they're forced to take greater risks to earn their keep. Tarkesh-Ha-Ye Solh received its North American premier at the 2001 Montreal Film Festival.