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A Candle in the Wind (2004)

Sham'i dar baad (original title)
Roya, Farzins's mother, has left her husbands. As young Farzin quits university, accidentally he meets a girl from a wealthy family who is the manager of an NGO. Aware of farzin's ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Bahram Radan ... Farzin
Shahab Hosseini ... Farzin's Friend
Hesam Navab Safavi Hesam Navab Safavi ... Doctor (as Hesam Navabsafavi)
Jamshid Mashayekhi ... Farzin's Father
Iraj Rad Iraj Rad ... Farzin's Step Brother
Azita Hajian Azita Hajian ... Farzin's Mother
Asal Badeei Asal Badeei ... (as Asal Badii)


Roya, Farzins's mother, has left her husbands. As young Farzin quits university, accidentally he meets a girl from a wealthy family who is the manager of an NGO. Aware of farzin's experience as a translator, they marry, but after a short while, sick Aida dies and unconscious Farzin spends his days and nights in deserted mountains. Brought back to life, Farzin open his eyes in a hospital where a doctor is injecting him with some strange substances. Fired from hospital, the young doctor befriends Farzin and his pal, Babak. Addicted to drugs, they host parties night and day. After a crash, Farzin meets a nurse named Safoura in the hospital. He becomes fond of her immediately because of her resemblance to Aida, but she refuse him, when she finds out about his addiction. When unconscious Dos falls from the window and dies and Farzin's mother leaves the country alongside her new husband, Farzin is helpless. Written by Pouran Derakhshandeh

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Release Date:

18 August 2004 (Iran) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran


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IRR10,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Sufferings of the lost generation in Iran
13 May 2006 | by salami46See all my reviews

A Candle in the Wind (Sham'i dar Baad) The film describes the sufferings of the lost generation in the Iranian society. The youths have lost their way and are seeking a path into the light. They are dubious of their surrounding and the people who surround them simply because they have failed as true guides to the youths. They are selfish and seek their own egoistic aspirations regardless of the hopes and aspirations of their offspring. A Jungian approach to the film is appropriately applicable. According to Jung, people wear persona or masks to conceal their true identifies. Needless to say that these masks are imposed by the society and the milieu in which they live. Furthermore, people wear such masks in order that they show a favorable face to the people around them. Farzin (Bahram Radan) is manifestly disillusioned due to the disintegration of his family and his discovery of the true identity of his parents. He sees no hope ahead and consequently pins his remaining hopes on the girl who is different from the rest of the others and is altruistic enough to spend her time and money in a charity institute she has started. Yet to his despair, the girl who does not belong to this world or say she is too much for this world soon departs and leaves him a complete wreck. Farzin, now a hopelessly shattered being, seeks solace in the company of his friends who have lost their identity in a similar way.

The father of the family (Jamshid Mashayekhi) who does not even bother to listen to his son or pay attention to his desires is responsible for what happens to him. His mother (Azita Hajian) who is alone thinking of finding a way out of her own miseries becomes oblivious of Farzin's expectations. She is equally responsible as her husband in bringing about this bitter sense of despair in Farzin. In order to while away the time which heavily weighs upon him, Farzin indulges in narcotics and is brought on the brink of complete destruction when he is ultimately saved by his elder step-brother who has come back from abroad for his father's mourning ceremony. Farzin eventually reconciles with life by continuing the charity institute initiated by the girl he loved, thereby instilling a meaning into his empty life.

The film laments the sufferings of a neglected and disillusioned generation threatened by an impending danger of psychological breakdown and loss of hope.

The stellar cast remains no room for any verbal praise.

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