Review: A Hero


Rahim (Adir Jadidi) is in prison for being unable to pay a debt. On a two day leave, he sets a plan in motion to repay his creditor, but it soon spirals out of control.

If there's one thing director Asghar Farhadi loves, it's a nice grey area. He's been exploring that for years and I never tire of it. I still think of the first film of his I saw, A Separation often. He's a filmmaker that I'm always interested in. 

What I appreciated most about this film was its originality. It can't be called basic or predictable. I appreciate foreign movies for always giving me a different perspective. I never quite knew what Rahim was going to do next. I went back and forth with sympathizing with him. Jadidi gives an excellent performance. We know Rahim is doing some shady things, but he's also a real man and father and he has feelings too.

Speaking of fathers, I absolutely loved Saleh Karimeai's performance as Rahim's son, Siavash. He has a stutter, so he doesn't speak often. He's always a quiet observer to what's going on around him and you can tell he has so many emotions built up. It's a small performance that I adored.

I will say, it's a little uneven. I found myself faltering towards the middle, until the stakes get dialed up to 11 again.

So is this for you? If you like Farhadi's previous works and/or moral flexibility. A Hero is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Grade: B-

Comments

  1. I have not even heard of it but it would be good to watch from what you wrote here. I know people's rights when it comes to debt and creditors in Canada but it would be neat to find out what the rights are in his area.

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    1. Oh you should definitely watch then, even if it's just to compare. That part was so interesting to me.

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  2. I do hope to see this as I do like Farhadi's films a lot though I haven't seen his previous one. I'm glad I have Amazon Prime though I'm not sure if my mother would like this she and my dad did like A Separation.

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    1. I liked The Salesman slightly more than this, but this was still very good. A Separation is still my favorite.

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  3. I'm in. Sounds pretty...tense. Definitely need to watch more foreign films.

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