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Seven Days in Tehran

This 2002 debut feature by Iranian expatriate Reza Khatibi is vaguely autobiographical: exiled in Paris, an Iranian returns to Tehran with a French crew to shoot a documentary about young people. With this layered structure, the boundary between the real and the fictional is deliberately blurred, allowing Khatibi to put provocative words in his actors' mouths that might otherwise have been censored. The conceit gets precious after a while, and though the film touches on misogyny, cultural differences, and political repression, it's too chatty and digressive to maintain the generational sweep it seems to require. In Farsi and French with subtitles. 102 min.

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