Last Supper

Middle-aged and recently divorced, an Iranian professor of architecture reluctantly falls in love with a persistent student half her age, but their romance is condemned by her colleagues and her grown daughter. Writer-director Fereydoun Jeyrani (Fire and Water) smoothly translates the conventions of the Hollywood women's picture to a third-world upper-class milieu, and the mother-daughter relationship, nicely etched by actors Katayoun Riahi and Haniyeh Tavassoli, is as toxic as the ones in Mildred Pierce and Imitation of Life. The 50s melodramas of Douglas Sirk have gained new currency with the success of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, but this 2002 feature is less ironic than Sirk and more genuine than Haynes. In Farsi with subtitles. 96 min.

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