Synopsis by Mark Deming
A woman assumes a new identity in order to start her life over again in this drama from Germany. Fariba Tarizi (Jasmin Tabatabai) is an Iranian woman who wants to leave her country to escape the persecution that comes with being a lesbian. Fariba manages to make her way to Germany before it's discovered that her passport and visa are forgeries; she applies for political asylum, but is told she doesn't have much of a chance of being allowed to stay. While held in custody by immigration officials, Fariba meets Siamak (Navid Akhavan), a young man who has also fled Iran and is terrified by the prospect of having to go back. Siamak panics and kills himself, and when Fariba discovers his body, she takes his belongings, dresses in his clothes, cuts her hair and escapes custody posing as a man. Making her way into Stuttgart, Fariba gets a job at a canning plant, where she becomes friendly with Anna (Anneke Kim Sarnau), a single mother who has no idea Fariba is really a woman. Fariba becomes infatuated with Anna, and Anna makes it clear she feels the same way, but Fariba isn't sure how to tell her that she's really a woman, a situation made all the more difficult when she learns "Siamak" must return to Iran in two weeks.
asylum [protection], desperation, disguise, factory-worker, hidden-identity, inmate, Iran, lesbianism, refugee, suspicion, translator