“A powerful face-off between youth and experience, faith and resignation.” – Chicago Reader
Nazar is madly in love with his young bride, Reyhaneh – so he’s devastated when his friends insist that they divorce, as Reyhaneh’s mother is rumoured to be a prostitute. Still, he’s determined to pay off his ex-bride’s share of the wedding. When a twist of fate finds him becoming an accidental stowaway in the van of a mysterious old snake catcher, he decides to try his own hand at a dangerous line of work: hunting the venomous snakes that populate the Iranian desert.
Completed when he was just 30, Farhadi’s feature film debut is an assured, deeply provocative work that marked the beginning of a career-long quest – to unearth the tensions between what we desire and what society demands that we become.