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THE GIRL IN THE SNEAKERS

Director: RASSUL SADR AMELI

110 minutes| Iran| 2001| Subtitled| Colour| 35mm


What should be a sweet moment, two teens walking in a park, flirting, ends with their arrest for the crime of being in public together, unrelated and unchaperoned, and with Aideen (Majid Hajizadeh) under suspicion of having taken the virginity of Tadai (Pegah Ahangarani). Following a humiliating examination which proves otherwise, Tadai is forbidden from seeing him again. Heartbroken, she runs away from home and spends an eventful day trying to reach her love, facing difficulties at every turn and discovering that those in whom she can trust might not be the people she had assumed. Anchored by a remarkable, award-winning performance from Ahangarani, the film proves that while adolescent love and rebellion may be the same the world over, the seemingly insurmountable nature of the obstacles to Tadai’s happiness, including a state that actually does seem to be against her, provides a new perspective on what may be considered a jaded trope.<

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