Spectacular scenery trumps some melodramatic thesping in the colorful village-set love triangle “Wind Blows in the Meadow,” from Iranian helmer-writer Khosro Masoumi (“Tradition of Killing Lovers,” “Somewhere Far Away”). The third in his loose trilogy dealing with tragic destinies and environmental disasters in the snow-covered forests of the northern province of Mazandaran, this highly accessible, smoothly paced pic will appeal to fest audiences seeking exotica.
With her family barely scraping by after her father is badly hurt in a logging accident, spirited, hard-working Shooka (Elnaz Shakerdoust, a gray-eyed beauty who’s among the top actresses of her generation) is pressured to wed mentally impaired neighbor Shokrallah, youngest son of Nasir, the area’s richest man. Meanwhile, simple tailor’s assistant Jalil (Hossein Abdedini) notes Shooka’s distress and finds ways to delay the wedding while he presses his own suit. When Nasir and his eldest son, Yahya (channeling B-Western villains), decide to take matters into their own hands, Shooka and her family suffer even more. Visceral widescreen lensing from helmer’s brother Nader Masoumi, his regular d.p., and a haunting score from Naser Shokraiee lead a tidy tech package.