Few things are as strong as the ties that bind us to those we love, nor as devastating as when those ties break. Love, pets and responsibility hold families together as they struggle with the disruptions that would tear them apart, from immigration law and mental health issues to deceit and death. Throughout these gripping narratives the need to belong burns bright.
Deception abounds in this nuanced portrait of lies and loss when a middle-aged woman discovers her recently deceased husband led another life in France, contradictory to the pious Muslim home they built together in England.
Debut director Panah Panahi’s stunning Iranian road movie wowed critics at Cannes with its rich emotional nuance and sly political critique.