With Taraneh Alidousti, Hedieh Tehrani, Hamid Farokh-Nejad
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, 2006
Discussant: Charles Styron
Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed Fireworks Wednesday unfolds over the course of a long day in the life of Rouhi, a young bride-to-be who works for a housekeeping agency. While attempting to perform her duties on a new assignment at a luxurious but chaotic Tehran apartment, she gets drawn into the volatile drama and deceptions of the affluent couple who live there with their neighbors. As day proceeds to night and fireworks for the Persian New Year, Rouhi’s allegiance swings from one character to another, each shift edging her closer to the truth and challenging her romantic notions of married life. Indeed, by the film’s gripping final revelation she may know more than any of the drama’s central players. Like Farhadi's later films, including recent Dharma Film Series hits The Past, About Elly, and the Academy Award-winning A Separation, his masterful third feature Fireworks Wednesday is an utterly absorbing tale that turns on desire, dishonesty, and a clash of old and new.
About the Film Series:
Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center. Read more here: http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/film-series