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Hamoun (2004)

Jalal Moghadam , Khosro Shakibai , Dariush Mehrjui  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jalal Moghadam, Khosro Shakibai, Anik Shefrazian, Bita Farahi, Hossein Sarshar
  • Directors: Dariush Mehrjui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6BF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hamoun" on IMDb

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Hamoun is a psychological comedy/drama about a bumbling Iranian intellectual, Hamid Hamoun. The film follows 24 hours in the life of Hamoun as he is trying and failing to write his dissertation about love and faith while also trying to cope with his wife Mashid, a successful artist, who wants a divorce. Hamoun's refusal to accept his collapsing reality, is both a character study and metaphor for a condition of modern urban life in Iran. In 1997, Hamoun was voted the best Iranian film ever made by a survey of Iranian film critics. Mehrjui's The Cow had previously held that honor.


An extraordinary blend of comedy and despair, philosophical musing, bold cultural analysis and acerbic social satire. --New York Press

Well-wrought, beautifully acted... Mehrjui's most stylistically ambitious film. --Los Angeles Times

A pulsating and richly human story...stylishly searing! --Hollywood Reporter

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psycho-fantasy! June 3, 2006
By Ashwin
This is a pretty interesting off beat flick! It chronicles the life of the protagonist, a writer by the name of Hamoun. The directorial touch of flitting between the past and the present is an interesting treatment and keeps the movie that much more enjoyable, since the contrasts are stark on the one hand & the plot crystallized on the other. As we weave through Hamoun's life, his work, his wife, her work, their relationship, the others in their lives... we slowly become completely enmeshed with the character & thats when the movie really starts to trip into phantasmagoria.

Incidentally, the movie throws a very different light on the condition of women in Iran. Some of the dialogues and situations are indeed quite forward & reflective of an open society and one where women are not necessarily completely subjugated to men. Which makes one wonder if one is over-interpreting the middle east from television images, and maybe there exists the educated elite too, where women are an integral part of society.

In any case, this is a delightful watch with friends with strong characters & an interesting storyline.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Borrows too much from the "intellectual" west September 15, 2012
This film is an interesting examination of a man's life disintegrating in middle age, but it borrows a bit much. Stylistically, the filmmakers borrowed from Fellini and this creates comparisons on the DVD cover. Philosophically it borrows from Fear and Trembling and throws in a lot of references to others, including Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, also about a man dissembling in middle age. Hamoun loses his mind as his life falls apart and his marriage descends into chaos in a society where divorce is problematic. He goes off the deep end and seeks to drown himself; the horrible disappointment is in the last scene when one sees he is condemned to go on living. This may be hell, which is to stay the state of living in the world for a sensitive artist-philosopher. That is, being a failure and sentenced to live as a failure. The film had some really interesting and touching moments that were the parts not borrowed from pretentious western texts, but revealing of family life in pre-revolutionary Iran. It was difficult to read the subtitles because they were not "letterboxed" and white against an often white background. It might also be difficult for western audiences to sympathize with the protagonist, but I think that is a factor of western audiences being brainwashed to believe they must find a character sympathetic to be interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this to all September 10, 2014
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A fascinating account of the everyday lives of Iranian people. I recommend this to all.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Italian Movie November 28, 2007
Hamoun was a disappointment for me, partly because it had been overpraised with comparisons to Fellini's 8˝. Both movies indeed make use of dream or fantasy sequences and both deal with a middle aged man's intellectual and marital confusions. But for the sake of future viewers, let's be clear: Hamoun is not in the same league as 8˝. Mehrjui can't match Fellini's wit and brilliant visual style, and his film lacks the same coherence. Allusions to famous directors, and references to Kierkegaard, Daoism and Robert Pirsig's motorcycle book don't supply profundity to the exercise.

I'm not saying it's an awful movie. It probably works better in Farsi, but the English subtitles of my DVD are unidiomatic and ungrammatical (I mean, at any rate, the words that are visible).
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wack and weird April 7, 2009
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This movie was crazy. Just when your starting to make sense of the movie something strange and unusual happens.And whatever you do dont eat while watching this.The writer of this film was obviously trying to make this movie different and exotic.Yet it just turned out basically all weird.If you like movies that are strange and collide with the usual this movie is for you.Finally,The subtitles are sometimes hard to see and are ungrammatical,yet you can mostly tell what the charcters are saying.
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