Letters in the Wind | Chicago Reader

Letters in the Wind

Like many young Iranian filmmakers, Alireza Amini shares the humanist concerns of Abbas Kiarostami, yet this 2002 debut feature, which he shot himself, takes a gritty documentary approach to the indoctrination of military training. A series of briskly edited scenes reveal the grueling exercises endured by new recruits; eventually Amini concentrates on a shy but laid-back recruit (Mohammad Taghi Hashemi) and his prickly, rebellious bunk mate (Faramarz Hashemzadeh). In their barracks they and their fellow soldiers listen to anonymous female voices on a forbidden tape recorder, scenes that poignantly underscore both their hope and their emotional dislocation. In Farsi with subtitles. 76 min.

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