A complex, fragmented story of corruption and greed, A Respectable Family is the feature debut of writer-director Massoud Bakhshi.
The film centres on Arash, a professor who returns to the country after two decades abroad. Barred from returning to the West at the semester's end because he is without a military exemption, Arash is forced to deal with an unfamiliar society and corrupt family members.
A Respectable Family is a tough, politically charged drama about the issues facing modern-day Iran.
Yet, despite an arresting opening sequence, the film struggles under the weight of its complex narrative – switching between the present-day and the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s – and character relationships.
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