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Run Time: 134 minutes
Already a box office megahit in its native Iran, this powerful police potboiler takes the genre to an anxiety-inducing, heart-racing new high. Curiously titled JUST 6.5, the film gets its name from the shockingly outsized population of drug users in the country—6.5 million. It’s an epidemic corroding an entire nation, pushing the police force to its absolute edge. No one knows this war more intensely than Samad (played by “A Seperation’s” Payman Maadi), the chief detective on the force who is a furious, unpredictable hothead of a leader often behaving in morally questionable and downright terrifying fashions. After a year of hunting, they finally target the elusive drug lord, Naser Khakzad—a family man with his own caged intensity and writhing interior. Reveling in the film’s layered complexity, neither man is quite good or bad, and the director positions the viewer headlong into each character’s suffocating, brutal psyche. Full of twists and unexpected revelations, the JUST 6.5 is an exhilarating, propulsive big-screen experience not to be missed. (In Farsi with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:00 PM
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:15 AM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
International Narrative Competition
Seyed Jamal Sadatian
Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Farhad Aslani, Parinaz Izadyar