“Leila’s Brothers” Press Conference at The 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Taraneh Alidoosti, Saeed Roustayi and Navid Mohammadzadeh attend the press conference for “Leila’s Brothers” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals. With the narrative density of a Russian doorstop novel and the searing interpersonal insights of a psychology textbook, Saeed Roustaee’s astonishing, nearly-three-hour family epic cracks the teetering stilts that are currently propping up life in contemporary Tehran. There’s Steinbeck in there too in its depiction of poverty’s gross indignities and a system that works to constantly beat you away from success. It’s like literary arthouse soap opera in the best possible way, a film whose every frame and line of dialogue is calculated to perfection, and the kind of credibly intricate plotting – with new reveals parcelled out like small gifts – that keeps you compelled (and then some) from the first frame till the last.

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May 26, 2022 | 11:17 am