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Gold and Copper (Tala va mes) - 2011

Director: Homayoun Asadian
Iran, 2011
In Persian with English subtitles
Film Length:
97 minutes

A poignant account of an Iranian cleric, this drama humanizes a group that internationally is identified with repression more than compassion. The story focuses on a Koranic student, Seyed, who has just moved to Tehran with his wife, Zahra, and two small children. When Zahra is diagnosed with a debilitating disease, Seyed must learn about things he's never considered, including cooking, shopping, and diaper changing. He studies by day and at night assumes Zahra's former task of weaving rugs, which actually supports the family. With the help of some of his new neighbors, he cares for his wife. If Seyed struggles more than he'd ever anticipated, he also benefits: the young man's daily experience deepens his understanding of the sacred text he's studying. Opening a door to a little-understood land, Gold and Copper is a fascinating contrast to the Iranian films most often seen in the West. —Mark Jenkins