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Mainline

Desaturating their palette so that only the occasional object—a plaid scarf, a teapot, fruit—is washed in color, Iranian directors Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab (Gilaneh) create a world nearly devoid of beauty for their protagonist, a Tehrani bride-to-be (Baran Kosari) who despairs of kicking her heroin habit. Her divorced mother (Bita Farahi) loves her but is a classic enabler, hoping to get her daughter straight before she starts married life in Canada but willing to let her get high rather than see her run away before the wedding. The cycle of denial, entreaty, rage, and deceit is depicted realistically, but its constant repetition doesn't produce effective drama, merely sadness. In Farsi with subtitles. 78 min.

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