celebrated Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui (The Cow; The Cycle) comes this contemporary
drama about a musician who plays the santoor, an ancient stringed instrument.
Santouri is also addicted to heroin, which takes an emotional
and physical toll. His life takes a tragic downward spiral after authorities ban
him from playing in public and his wife leaves him.
filmmaker Mehrjui has the distinction of being censored by both the Shah of Iran
and the Islamic fundamentalists that followed in the wake of the Revolution. That
he has survived and continues to make films is a testament to his talent, fortitude,
and influence on younger generations of filmmakers. Still unafraid of controversy
after 30 years of Iranian filmmaking, Mehrjui suggests in his film that his countrys
current cultural repression is connected to its rampant drug addition. The soundtrack
for this great film is also available.