Raami | Chicago Reader


Music from Uzeyir Hajibeyov's opera Asli and Karam, a tragic love story drawn from an Azerbaijani folktale, frames the contemporary action of this Iranian feature by Babak Shirinsefat. An Azerbaijani folk musician who's lived in a refuge camp for ten years (Kamran Younes) has a vision of his long-lost wife and son and renews his search for them, journeying to Iran. Shirinsefat's musings on music, war, and love are intermittently compelling, but his elliptical narrative is difficult to follow and almost unbearably solemn, the desolation of war looming over most of his characters like a permanent rain cloud. In Farsi with subtitles. 76 min.

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