Every society that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people. Four men are put in front of an unthinkable but simple choice. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode themselves, their relationships, and their entire lives.
In four thematically connected episodes, Mohammad Rasoulof tells their stories, which inevitably are also the stories of the people who surround them:
THERE IS NO EVIL
40-year-old Heshmat is a kind and pleasant family man. He has a peaceful life with his wife and young daughter. He feels caught up in a daily routine. He makes enough money to support his family, but we see in his eyes that they are living with a secret.
SHE SAID, “YOU CAN’T DO IT”
Pouya has just begun his mandatory 2-year military service. With an honorable discharge, he will be able to apply for a passport and realize his dream of leaving Iran to live abroad with his girlfriend. After only one week of basic training, he is faced with a dilemma. He has a long night ahead of him; a night when Pouya must decide between his dreams or what he believes.
Javad is a young soldier who has been given a 3-day leave from his base. He travels to a small town near the Caspian Sea to be with Nana, his fiancée, for her birthday. He has brought a ring and plans to propose to her during the party. After arriving at Nana’s home, he learns that a death of a close family friend has caused them to cancel the celebration. The secret of this stranger’s death disrupts Javad and Nana’s lives.
A pleasant middle-aged couple, Bahram and Zaman, live in the countryside where they raise honeybees and are well liked and respected by their neighbors. Darya, at Bahram’s request and Zaman’s approval goes to stay with them at their farm for a few days. Darya’s presence at Bahram and Zaman’s farm alters their lives greatly.
In Persian and German with English subititles. Director: Mohammad Rasoulof (Germany/Czech Republic/Iran 2020) 150 min.
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