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Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran

Sunday, March 1, 2009
6:00 p.m. A Few Days Later . . .
Niki Karimi (Iran, 2006)

Niki Karimi in Person

(Chand rooz ba’d . . .). In her second narrative feature, Karimi presents a gorgeous minimalist portrait of a woman crushed by indecision. At first it seems that graphic designer Shahrzad (played by Karimi) goes about her daily life with placid ease, but her surface stillness masks a maelstrom of weighty decisions she desperately wishes to avoid making. Shahrzad is contemplating leaving her boyfriend, with whom she is raising a disabled son, and her father is very ill. Although boyfriend, son, and father loom large in Shahrzad’s psyche, these characters appear infrequently. Instead, the film’s focus is firmly on Shahrzad as she grows distracted at work, watches TV as a deadening means of avoidance, and repeatedly drives her car to the same lookout point. Despite her best efforts to maintain solitude and inertia, she eventually must contend with some tough decisions. A Few Days Later . . . tells a gripping story of personal choice amid a vividly depicted social and cultural milieu.

—Laurie Koh, SFIFF 2007

• Written by Shadmehr Rastin. Photographed by Hossein Jafarian. With Karimi, Ehsan Amani, Niloufar Khoshkholgh, Hessam Nourani. (70 mins, In Farsi with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Sheherazad Media International)