From Afar | Chicago Reader

From Afar

Three episodes that don't quite jell. The first makes an overheated comparison as it intercuts the story of a student who's being evicted from his apartment and may have to sell his collection of philosophy and literature books with an ancient tale about an old man who saves books from barbarian invaders. The second centers on a young man forced to abandon art for business in a contemporary Tehran that seems dominated by commerce. Social context vanishes in the incongruous third episode, in which an architect mourns his father's death. Director Ramin Mohseni shows a flair for tight close-ups and unusual angles, but they're overly obvious and disconnected. In Farsi with subtitles. 100 min.

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