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Leila (2000)
Starring: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Shaqayeq Farahani, Turan Mehrzad, Amir Pievar, Mohammad Reza Sharifinia, Jamileh Sheikhi
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Category: Drama, Foreign
Studio: First Run Features
129 mins



"A Cinematic Gem, Beautifully Acted!"-Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Reza and Leila, an attractive and affluent young couple deeply in love and recently married, discover that Leila is unable to conceive.Although Reza steadfastly insists that it matters not in the least, his mother feels otherwise: she is determined that her son have children and continue the family line.Invoking tradition, she convinces her daughter-in-law that Reza must, out of necessity, take a second wife to produce an heir.

This provocative and eloquent story, from "Iran's longest running cinematic master" (Village Voice), is a stunning portrayal of the clash between tradition and modern marriage; between manipulation and the power of love.


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