19 April 2007 | FilmCriticLalitRao
How an unwell housewife makes heroic attempts to ascertain her own real identity.
This is a film for all those viewers who watch intellectually rich films after finding out more about directors as well as actors. If you are interested in watching a film which cannot be understood on first viewing, this is the film especially made for you. This is a film which you have been missing for a long time. At regular but brief intervals, "May be some other time" must be watched at least 4-5 times. I am saying so because of its artistic richness. The two important people related to this film :the veteran Iranian cinéaste Bahram Beyzai (killing rabids, ballad of Tara) and the talented actress Susan Taslimi (Bashu, Death of Yazdgerd) occupy a paramount place in the history of Iranian cinema. Mind you-Bahram Bayzai's films are absolutely unique. They cannot be compared to the works of other Iranian film makers such as Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf or Dariush Mehrjui. "May be some other time"-a film title which should not be taken too literally. It does not connote anything which a lot of moviegoers should be susceptible to know. In this film there is an unwise display of suspicion by a befuddled documentary director, Mr. Modabber. The victim is his wife Kian who is experiencing tremendous mental anguish and psychological turmoil. Astute viewers will surely find similarities with the film "Marnie" directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Tippi Hedren. In "May be some other time", Bahram Beyzai addresses most fundamental, human issues like fidelity, identity, communication, belief, trust etc. Bahram Beyzai is one of the very few Iranian cineastes deft at theatrical arts. It is felt that his films have a feminist aura to them. "May be some other time" has numerous shades of documentary film too. It has been a long time that Bahram Bayzai has not made a new film. Only time will tell whether Bahram Bayzai would be able to direct a new film starring his regular actress Susan Taslimi who is now active in Sweden as a film cum theater director. It pains my heart and that is the reason why I would like to explicitly remark that is a great shame that almost all the films by Bahram Bayzai have not been distributed widely on DVD. What are the DVD labels like Artificial Eye, Criterion Collection, Kino, New Yorker Films or Facets doing ?