A Respectable Family
(Yek khanévadéh-e mohtaram)
Farsi (with English subtitles); 90 min
"It’s Bakhshi’s screenplay and its deft execution which are the stars of 'A Respectable Family'."
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Director's Fortnight Cannes
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Black Pearl Award - Abu Dhabi Film Festival
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A Respectable Family - Massoud Bakhshi
Iran, 2012, 90 min


Starring: Babak Hamidian, Mehrdad Sedighian, Mehran Ahmadi, Ahoo Kheradmand, Parivash Nazarieh

Production: JBA Productions / International Sales: Pyramide International

Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Chiraz, a city far from Tehran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he is reminded of the hardships of his childhood at the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1981. Following the death of his father and the discovery of what his « respectable family » has become, he is obliged to make choices.

Massoud Bakhshi
Massoud Bakhshi

"I don’t make films to be sold; I spend anything I have and put seven, eight years of my life into it, so I don’t care if there is somebody that won’t buy the film because it’s too long, too short. It’s the length it should be."

Born in Teheran, Massoud Bakhshi worked in Iran as a film critic, screenwriter and producer from 1990 to 1998. He then made 10 documentaries and a short film which won national and international prizes, including 3 Best Director prizes, 2 Best Film prizes for TEHERAN HAS NO MORE POMEGRANATES. His short film BAG DAD BAR BER selected at Locarno won the Best Fiction prize at Tampere. A RESPECTABLE FAMILY, shot in Iran, is his first feature film.