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Mama's Guests

When an Iranian family learns that a nephew and his young bride will be arriving that evening for a visit, the mother is desperate to fete them with a lavish meal befitting tradition. There's no food or money in the house, but as word of her dilemma spreads throughout the close-knit neighborhood, friends and neighbors come to her aid in dramatic fashion. This fast-paced comedy plays out in a single day, inducing a sense of real time, and veteran writer-director Dariush Mehrjui strikes a fine balance between zaniness and moral uplift as he orchestrates a large ensemble of eccentrics. In Farsi with subtitles. 110 min.

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