A Hero. 2021. France/Iran. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. With Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Sarina Farhadi. In Persian; English subtitles. 127 min.
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"Rahim (the brilliant Amir Jadidi) is a calligrapher who was imprisoned when he could not repay a mounting debt. While Rahim is on a two-day release from his medium-security penitentiary, his girlfriend, Farkhondeh (Sahar Goldoust) presents him with a golden opportunity that will secure his release. Once he becomes a so-called free man, Rahim is flanked by his family — including a vulnerable son from a previous marriage — his adoring admirers, his weary debtors, and even his former jailers, while mounting expectations surround him like a pile of bricks. Through impeccable plot twists that play out like a life-or-death game, our hero’s days of freedom come to feel numbered. A Hero, co-winner of this year’s Cannes Grand Prix, is Asghar Farhadi’s most singular and shattering film since his Oscar-winning A Separation (2011)." (Toronto Film Festival 2021 Program Notes)