In Object Dart’s nod to the foreign art film, much-lauded Iranian movie Fireworks Wednesday was watched at the Paramount this past weekend. And, yeah, good. Slow. So, so slow. But good.

Fireworks Wednesday centres on Rouhi, a young woman attempting to get together money for her wedding. She accepts a cleaning job and upon arriving at the premises of her employers is inexplicably drawn into the drama and intrigue of an ordinary family.

It is an extraordinary film in many ways. First of all, it depicts Iranians as normal people with all the normal concerns and worries of any other culture. But, it also appeared to address aspects of Iranian culture that are doubtless questioned by Iranians themselves. Issues like family violence, the role of the male in the family unit, and social hierarchy are all canvassed to some extent. Without being any kind of expert on Iranian sociology I can’t be at all certain, but I got the impression this was an important film.

What I found fascinating was the way the film just played along the edges of many stereotypes held by people like myself about Iran, and Islamic cultures in general. Iran looked for all intents and purposes like any modern city anywhere in the world. Not as glitzy as your New Yorks or Londons, but a big city all the same. This in turn made the dramas of the family Rouhi becomes drawn into even more pertinent. It was story you could easily have seen acted out in the American mid-West, or Apartheid South Africa. It was only the cultural facets, the veils for example, that really distinguished the movie.

So, a thumbs up from Object Dart. Don’t watch this film if you’re wanting to see guns or Arabs with bombs strapped to them. Watch it if you’re ready to sit through the machinations of a family under stress.

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