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Day Break

Under Iranian law a murder victim's family is responsible for executing the culprit, a tradition that serves as the premise for this stark philosophical drama (2005) by Hamid Rahmanian. The main character, a workingman who killed his boss with a brick, has walked the last mile three times already, but each time the family fails to show up—though whether they're acting out of mercy or sadism isn't clear. Meanwhile his father, mother, and wife are stuck in limbo with him, awaiting a punishment that never comes. Rahmanian nimbly intercuts the murderer's dank prison life with the daylight, open spaces, and sense of possibility he's left behind. In Farsi with subtitles. 82 min.

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