Here Without Me (Inja Bedoone Man)


Year: 2011
Country: IRAN
Run Time: 100 minutes

A striking family drama based on Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, HERE WITHOUT ME is set in the confines of a troubled household in modern Tehran. Sad-eyed Ehsan performs a mind-numbing factory job, though he'd rather be a poet and is desperate to leave Iran. He escapes to the local cinema when his home life threatens to stifle him. Ehsan's fragile disabled sister Yalda seldom leaves the apartment, spending her days polishing her collection of glass animals. The siblings' mother Farideh micromanages the lives of her adult children, holding down several jobs to make ends meet; but her all-consuming passion is to find a suitor for Yalda. She persuades Ehsan to invite his colleague Reza to dinner, throwing this household of jangled nerves into a state of high anxiety. Fatemeh Motamed-Aria won the Best Actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival for her portrayal of the mother who fights within the strictures of her modest life to secure her family's future. (In Persian with subtitles) – B.B.

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Bahram Tavakkoli

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Born in Tehran, Iran in 1976, Bahram Tavakkoli earned his Bachelor's degree in Theater and his Master's degree in Scriptwriting. After several shorts that won prizes at domestic and international festivals, he made his feature directing debut in 2007.

Select Filmography
"Barefoot in Heaven" (2007), "A Walk in the Fog" (2010), HERE WITHOUT ME (2011)

Print Source

Visual Media Institute
Ali Ghasemi
2454, Tavanir Station, Valiasr Ave.
Tehran 1434843631

Phone: + 98 21 8867
Fax: + 98 21 8867

Community Partner

Cleveland Sight Center

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