Jean-Christophe Buisson: “A Persian look”

CHRONICLE – Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is at the top of his game in A hero, where he digs the human soul into its depths.

Good, Evil, injustice, forgiveness, revenge, redemption … Since man thinks and writes about man, libraries are filled with philosophical or literary texts on these subjects. Cinema followed suit. From the first silent films to Hollywood blockbusters in which the heroes frolic in tight colored tights and speak in onomatopoeia, these themes irrigate the seventh art.

The immense Iranian director Asghar Farhadi does not need special effects and futuristic imaginary universes to portray the good / bad, guilty / innocent, punishing / forgiving man. It must be said that his country, in 2021, kept certain aspects of what the Persian or Median world should have been like a millennium or two ago. Reason why A hero sounds so true, so natural, so timeless, so universal.

With six or seven actors, the office of a prison director, three streets, an apartment and a store in Tehran, Asghar Farhadi builds a contemporary “Human Condition”

Its script has biblical overtones – which in the land of the Ayatollahs is no small feat. It follows the fate of a man who, unable to pay a debt, languishes …

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