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The Fish Fall in Love


Wed, 11/02/2016 - 7:00pm

The Fish Fall in Love

Part of the Fall 2016 CMES Film Series: On the Job

Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 150, 1500 E. University Blvd.

Both as a metaphor and a delectable dinner item, fish play a prominent role in this drama set along Iran's Caspian Sea, where the older man once lived decades ago. His return to his former town - to the woman named Atieh whom he loved dearly, to the house that he owns, which Atieh has partly converted into a popular restaurant - is a jolt to everyone, including himself. The man (Reza Kianian), whose name is Aziz, was previously in prison, and is coming from Tehran, the chaotic Iranian capital that's the antithesis of this sleepy coastal haunt.
"Mistakes were made," Aziz all but says in his reintroduction to Atieh (Roya Nonahali) and Atieh's grown daughter (Golshifteh Farahani), who helps her mother in the frenetic kitchen that supplies awe-inspiring meals to the townspeople. Two other women whom Atieh took in round out the kitchen help. The women's camaraderie - their crying, laughing and yelling amid all their troubles with men - gives "The Fish Fall in Love" an enticing dimension.
Ali Raffi 
Country of Origin
Persian (English subtitles)
Year / Length
2006 / 96 min
Alyeh Mehin Jafarbadi