Blockage | Chicago Reader

Blockage

In this gritty, suspenseful Iranian drama (2017), a cash-strapped permit inspector (Hamed Behdad) responsible for removing illegal vendors from the streets of Tehran proves to be his own worst enemy. The protagonist denies reports to his supervisor that he's shaking down peddlers and petty criminals, but gradually he reveals himself to be thoroughly manipulative: he lies to his colleagues and family, diverts his wife's inheritance into his own bank account, and nearly kills a man. That he's surrounded by thugs and corrupt officials who want a piece of his action further compounds his difficulties, and his financial schemes begin to collapse. Director Mohsen Gharaie reserves the most sympathy for the female characters, especially the inspector's trapped wife (Baran Kosari). In Farsi with subtitles.

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