From the Land of Silence | Chicago Reader

From the Land of Silence

Saman Salur's stunning film is one of the most accomplished feature-length debuts in recent memory. Set in the Iranian desert (hauntingly photographed by Masood Salami), Salur's simple story about two young brothers' efforts to live by their wits has spare dialogue and a slender narrative. One brother steals diesel fuel from unsuspecting truck drivers, then sells it back to them; the other pilfers opium meant to sedate a herd of camels he looks after, dealing it to assorted passersby. After a chance encounter with a depressed truck driver, one of the brothers suddenly decides to reform his hustling ways. Using only rudimentary character and plot development, Salur nonetheless creates a complex, poetic drama whose denouement presents a profound and moving moral dilemma. With real-life brothers Hossein Bande-Ali and Hassan Bande-Ali. In Farsi with subtitles. 70 min.

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