Director: Behnam Behzadi
Cast: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Reza Aghakhani, Setareh Pesyani, Roya Javidnia , Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Setareh Hosseini
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Iran 2016 84 mins.
Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard.
Released by New Wave Films
In modern day, smog bound Tehran, freedom can be an illusion and a woman should know her place.
Niloofar (Saphar Dowlatshahi), in her late thirties and unmarried, the youngest of two sisters runs a tailoring shop in Tehran and has an air of independence. She shares her flat with her mother Mahin (Shirin Yazadanbaksh) whose chronic pulmonary disease means that she needs to leave the city for the fresher air of the North and the family assume that Niloofar, the 'sweet little sister,' will travel North and care for Mahin. There's no discussion as the family exert pressure and decide the course of action. Assuming that Niloofar won't be working, her brother Farhad (Ali Mosaffa) rents her shop out to pay off his debts and her elder married sister Homa (Roya Javidnia) ups the pressure and when Niloofar learns that the man (Ali Reza Aghakhani) with whom she's developing a relationship has hidden the fact that he has a son, a feeling of ever increasing isolation sets in. As an unmarried woman, Niloofar's life is dictated by others but the time has come when she must stand up for herself. Only her niece Saba (Setarah Hosseini) who looks up to Niloofar as a liberated woman, sides with her as she observes the secretive games that families play.
Behna Behzadi offers a low key, understated glimpse into family loyalties, and a woman's hopes and dreams as she searches for independence. Superbly acted throughout with a strong support cast, 'Inversion' screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.