Soul Mate

Writer-director-star Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh opts for a serious and woefully obvious statement about society's misunderstood in "Soul Mate." U.S. distrib Iranian Film Society is handling film in Farsi-only version theatrically, with late-June rollout of subtitled version on DVD.

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With: Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh, Roya Nonahali, Nasser Aghaie, Afsaneh Nasseri , Farhad Sharifi, Matin Azizpour.

Prone toward comic entertainments, writer-director-star Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh opts for a serious and woefully obvious statement about society’s misunderstood in “Soul Mate.” Helmer’s return to the bigscreen after a 10-year absence stresses broad playing, plain wrap staging and blunt, black-and-white characterizations. Although some may want to gaze at their chai leaves and read a political meaning into his contempo fable about a pair of star-crossed lovers who suffer from mental illness, filmmaking and conception are too unsophisticated for any deep thinking. U.S. distrib Iranian Film Society is handling film in Farsi-only version theatrically, with late-June rollout of subtitled version on DVD.

After spending some time in a mental institution, kindly but quick-tempered Behrouz (Fakhim-Zadeh) flees from his brother’s home when he’s threatened with being forcibly returned to the facility. He happens upon the children of hard-working single mom Shirin (the usually vibrant Roya Nonahali) and takes them home. When Shirin sees how Behrouz has tidied up her abode, it’s a short step toward love — and operatic trouble for the couple.

Soul Mate

Iran

Production: An Iranian Film Society release of a Hedayat Film presentation. Produced by Morteza Shahyesteh. Executive producer, Mojtaba Motevalli. Directed, written by Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh.

Crew: Camera (color), Rasoul Ahadi; editor, Hamid Reza Ghorbani; music, Fardin Khalatbari; production designer, Atousa Ghalamfarsale; costume designer, Ghalamfarsale; sound, Mehran Malakouti ; special effects supervisor, Abbas Shoghi. Reviewed on videodisc, San Mateo, June 28, 2005. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: With: Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh, Roya Nonahali, Nasser Aghaie, Afsaneh Nasseri , Farhad Sharifi, Matin Azizpour.

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