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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.
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.
Fresh: An audacious, if somewhat didactic, debut.
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.
This animation is totally not true. It's full of lies. Who ever made this want to show iran a horrible place.