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Film Review: The Enemies (2020) by Ali Derakhshandeh

Film Review: The Enemies (2020) by Ali Derakhshandeh

The board of a noble housing complex in Tehran is concerned about hate letters delivered to all tenants of the house. In a terrible tone and full of horrendous accusations, letters target Zoreh Moshiri (Roya Afshar), a woman in her 60’s who’s sharing a nice maisonette with her mother-in-law and her grown daughter Shiva (Neda Jebraeili). The board doesn’t really believe all the nonsense, but the otherwise very peaceful and respectful neighbourhood feels uncomfortable having that kind of gossip making rounds. According to those letters, not only she’s stealing in supermarkets, Zoreh is also hanging around the school with kids, she’s planning to poison her mother-in-law, and there are some wrong things happening in her home-operated beauty parlor.

Dominating the screen of Ali Derakhshandeh’s feature fiction debut “The Enemies”, Roya Afshar delivers a fantastic performance as Zoreh, a mysterious and quiet woman with more secrets than anyone could possibly imagine.

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