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Tehran Taboo

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Ali Soozandeh

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About the Movie

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Tehran Taboo" aims to expose systemic hypocrisy; in that respect, it is brisk and bracing. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Feb 13, 2018

Fresh: These tales are brimming with urgency and conflict and serve as powerful reminders of the liberties and autonomy those of us living in the free world too often take for granted. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Mar 12, 2018

Fresh: An audacious, if somewhat didactic, debut. – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2017

Fresh: Like no Iranian movie I've seen, Tehran Taboo reveals the routine hypocrisy of people who observe and even enforce a strict religious code but secretly indulge in the pleasures of the flesh. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Feb 14, 2018

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Customer Reviews


This animation is totally not true. It's full of lies. Who ever made this want to show iran a horrible place.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 2018

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