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The Iranian drama Leila comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Farsi soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but that should not stop those with an interest in international cinema from enjoying this Wolfe Video release.
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Overview

The Iranian drama Leila comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Farsi soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but that should not stop those with an interest in international cinema from enjoying this Wolfe Video release.
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Special Features

Scene access; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Dariush Mehrjui's Leila is a quietly devastating portrait of a modern and loving Iranian marriage torn apart by the misogynistic demands of tradition. Leila (Leila Hatami) and Reza (Ali Mosaffa) live a comfortable middle-class life (they go out for Japanese food, watch Doctor Zhivago together on television), and enjoy each other's company, but their relationship is sent into turmoil when Leila finds out she can't have a child. Mehrjui tells the story from Leila's point-of-view, and the genuine tragedy of the film is that both she and Reza have internalized traditional roles and mores to such an extent that their love for each other isn't strong enough to allow them to reject the constant interference of Reza's mother (Jamileh Sheikhi). Their love is sincere, but the joy of the life they share together is so fragile that all it takes is a ringing phone (and they always know Reza's meddling mother is on the other end of the line) to shatter it. Mehrjui focuses on the intimate details of their domestic life, and there's a bitter irony to her mundane chores as Leila meticulously cleans and decorates her home in preparation for her husband's meeting with another woman. There are frequent close-ups of food being prepared and a memorable shot of the hem of a wedding dress brushing against the steps as the bride ascends. Leila is frequently shown peeking out at the world from behind some kind of barrier like a curtain or a tree. It's as though she's an outsider, spying upon her own life. Hatami delivers a powerfully moving performance, and the sympathy Mehrjui evokes for Leila and Reza makes the sadness of the tale that much deeper.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • UPC: 720229909303
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,195

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leila Hatami
Ali Mosaffa
Jamileh Sheikhi
Mohammad Reza Sharifinia
Turan Mehrzad
Amir Pievar
Technical Credits
Dariush Mehrjui Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Faramarz Farazmand Producer
Keivan Jahanshahi Score Composer
Farlar Javaherian Art Director
Mahmoud Kalari Cinematographer
Mustafa Kherqepush Editor
Zhila Mehrjui Art Director
Sasan Nakhaf Sound/Sound Designer
Bita Qazal-Ayaq Art Director
Asghar Shahverdi Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent film

    As a fan of Iranian cinema, I throughly enjoyed this film. It was thought-provoking and subtle and presented the conflict between traditional and modern ideas in Iran. I recommend this film to anyone who likes Iranian films and who enjoys films that are more substance than flare.

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