There is No Evil

Iran, 2020
151 minutes, Color
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In life, we are all called upon to make ethical decisions. In Iran, if you are a man—a military conscript, or even a certain functionary—you might be called upon to execute a fellow citizen convicted of some crime or another. Refusing to "pull out the chair," as it is described, will render you an exile in your own country. Mohammad Rasoulof's searing new film tells of four men and their decisions: an appealingly put-upon family guy; a frightened new conscript; another soldier, on leave to woo his intended; and a doctor practicing in the hinterlands. Capitol punishment looms over Iranian life; clearly these people deserve better. One of Iran's greatest living filmmakers, Rasoulof (A Man of Integrity), is banned from making feature films; hence this film's structure: four short tales, seamed together for export. It works powerfully. And if it keeps Rasoulof safe, more power to him.—Judy Bloch

The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Grand Prize at the Heartland International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Montclair Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival

In Farsi with English subtitles

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