Rahim is in prison after landing his brother-in-law in significant debt. We meet him as he is released on parole for a couple of days, with the goal to find a permanent solution to his money troubles, repay his brother-in-law, and get out of prison for good. When his new girlfriend comes up with a possible solution to his problems, he jumps at the opportunity – but it is not without its share of pitfalls.
Asghar Farhadi was one of two recipients of the Jury Grand Prix at Cannes earlier this year. A Hero marks his return to Iran after his previous, European film, Everybody Knows (2018). We are presented with a moral tale in the style of Bresson (L’Argent): A bag of gold coins and a noble deed end up creating more of a mess than the protagonist could have imagined. Family life, social media, and the heroic deed itself are all subjected to a complex moral examination – a format we know that this director has full mastery of.
Asghar Farhadi (b. 1972) was born in Iran, where he later attended theatre studies and achieved his masters degree at the University of Tehran. His filmography includes Fireworks Wednesday (2006), About Elly (2009), A Separation (2011), The Past (2013) and The Salesman (2016).
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Original title قهرمان
Country Iran, France
Director Asghar Farhadi
Screenplay Asghar Farhadi
Cinematography Ali Ghazi, Arash Ramezani
Producer Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Cast Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fereshteh Sadroafail, Sarina Farhadi
Production Company Arte France Cinéma, Asghar Farhadi Productions, Memento Films
Distribution Norsk Film Distribusjon, Memento Films
Runtime 2h 7m
Age limit 12
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.