Maryam

Maryam

Director: Ramin Serry

Cast: Mariam Parris, Shaun Toub, Shohreh Aghdashloo

     
 

Mayam has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors, and the audio (in English) has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. No alternate language options have been included. This edition features a wealth of bonus material, including an alternate commentary…  See more details below

Overview

Mayam has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors, and the audio (in English) has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. No alternate language options have been included. This edition features a wealth of bonus material, including an alternate commentary track featuring director Ramin Serry, the film's original trailer, filmographies for the key members of the cast and crew, and a link to the film's website which can be access on computers with DVD-ROM drives.

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Adolescent struggles are a common topic in film, handled with various levels of success. Add in a teenager of Iranian descent, caught in the strange position of trying to assimilate to the only culture she's ever known, and Ramin Serry's Maryam becomes a thoughtful and provocative film. Newcomer Mariam Parris is brilliant in the title role, clearly hurt by the taunts of the popular girls, who make cruel remarks that she "needs to shave," mostly because they are threatened by her appeal to a cute classmate. But the strength of Parris' performance is the casual air with which she deflects these comments. And the complexity of the performance is that, like many ill-treated minorities, she has internalized a certain amount of self-loathing. When her strict father (Shaun Toub) picks her up from an after-school activity, interrupting the event in his old-world, humorless manner, she mocks his too-Iranian ways in a fashion that goes beyond the usual embarrassment a child feels toward a parent. Maryam proves herself a smart young woman as the film progresses, maturely addressing the festering issues in her family's history and the growing distrust of her schoolmates and neighbors. The film occasionally feels a bit like an after-school special, but Serry, himself Iranian-American, explores a fascinating crisis point in U.S. history from a unique perspective, and the characters are rendered with sensitivity, so that even the bullies' foibles are understandably human. The subject matter made Maryam a hard sell to distributors, but audiences able to seek it out at festivals or in other contexts will be richly rewarded.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
UPC:
0720917538129
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Director & Producer Commentary; Trailer; Filmographies; Weblinks; New HD Transfer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mariam Parris Mary Armin
Shaun Toub Darius Armin
Shohreh Aghdashloo Homa Armin
Victor Jory Jamie
David Ackert Ali Armin
Maz Jobrani Reza
Sabine Singh Jill
Michael Blieden Pete
Jason Nash Joel
Goli Samii Actor

Technical Credits
Ramin Serry Director,Screenwriter
Petra Barchi Production Designer
Harlan Bosmajian Cinematographer
Nancy Brous Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Ferat Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Lang Art Director
Gary Levy Editor
Ahrin Mishan Editor
Jonathan Shoemaker Producer
Derrick Tseng Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. American Girl [4:13]
2. Ali Arrives [2:45]
3. Welcome [5:50]
4. New Routine [4:56]
5. Super Cool [1:27]
6. Cousins [3:19]
7. Family Secrets [5:07]
8. The Law [3:00]
9. Bad Luck [2:36]
10. You People [3:59]
11. Forget My Dad [4:49]
12. Roller Disco [4:14]
13. Breaking Rules [3:01]
14. I Believe You [2:53]
15. Bomb Iran [4:02]
16. Ralling Apart [3:30]
17. Automobiles [2:38]
18. Happy Birthday [4:05]
19. Going Out [1:45]
20. The Truth [2:48]
21. The Hospital [4:40]
22. Go Home [4:02]
23. Apology [1:37]
24. Goodbye [8:05]

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