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Hamoun

3.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Description

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.

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6BF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hamoun" on IMDb

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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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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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A thought-provoking humorous story with humorous and surreal scenes that touched upon concerns of modern Iranian society.
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A fascinating account of the everyday lives of Iranian people. I recommend this to all.
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