(Chiz-haie hast keh nemidani)
Fardin Saheb Zamani / IR, 2010
Arabic version / Czech and English subtitles, 92 min
Late-shift taxi driver Ali works the “mean streets” of Tehran and in the process he encounters a wide variety of people. The taciturn, disconsolate man meets the owner of the last traditional café in the city, Denis, and the lovely Leila, both of whom start to play an important role among his customers. Ali gets closer to the secretive young woman due to their similar personalities and deep internal isolation. While waiting for an anticipated earthquake to happen, the only apocalypse to shake his deliberately enclosed world is the truth about his love. Behind banal conversations full of unfinished sentences, the protagonists’ pasts betray deep traumas which have deflected them from their original paths in life.... With a nod to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), debut director Fardin Saheb Zamani’s melancholy, disquieting drama tells of alienation and the various roles which people assign themselves and others.