Terrestrial Verses

Festival de Cannes
Un Certain Regard

Terrestrial Verses

A Film by Ali Asgari & Alireza Khatami

2023 - Iran - Drama - 1.78 - 77 min.

with Majid Salehi , Gouhar Kheir Andish & Sadaf Asgari

Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

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