Leila. 1996. Iran. Written and directed by Dariush Mehrjui. With Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa. DCP. In Persian; English subtitles. 129 min.
Young, affluent, and in love, Leila and Reza live the life of a dream. When their doctor confirms Leila’s infertility, the couple is convinced they can be equally happy with or without children. But when Leila’s mother-in-law craftily, relentlessly badgers for her consent to accept a second wife for Reza, Leila begins to falter. Can this modern woman resist traditional expectations? Leila Hatami (A Separation) appears in her first leading role, powerfully conveying the heroine’s quiet devastation.