Veteran short-film director Ali Asgari's feature debut is a deftly crafted Tehran nocturne. It begins with a young woman entering a hospital, claiming to have been raped and asking to see a doctor. Soon her boyfriend appears, posing as her brother, and it becomes clear that something else is afoot. Thus begins a journey through the night, from hospital to hospital, as the young couple tries to circumvent Iran's restrictive treatment of premarital sex and women's health, in search of a doctor to end her unwanted pregnancy. "Quiet and absorbing, DISAPPEARANCE shows us the complex reality of Iran's strict cultural mores while casting a compassionate gaze on the resilience of youth." – Dimitri Eipides, Toronto International Film Festival. (Note courtesy of the Freer|Sackler.) DIR/SCR Ali Asgari; SCR Farnoosh Samadi; PROD Pouria Heidary Oureh, Ali Sadraie. Iran/Qatar, 2017, color, 89 min. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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