France, Switzerland. Dir. Maryam Goormaghtigh. 2017, 80 mins. Digital projection. In French/Persian with English subtitles. Channeling the lo-fi deadpan of Jim Jarmusch, this winningly offbeat quasi-documentary follows three thirty-something Iranian friends on a road trip through the South of France. Immigrants who enjoy the freedoms of their adopted country while remaining nostalgic for their home, the trio camp out under the stars, knock back beers, hang out with a rock group girl duo, and all the while grapple with the question that hangs over everything: will they stay in France for the long haul or return eventually to Iran? Combining a minimalist formal precision with a knack for capturing the improvisatory interplay between her subjects, director Maryam Goormaghtigh produces an amiably loose-limbed, witty look at life in cultural limbo. The film is part of Young French Cinema, a program made possible with the support of Unifrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.