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Gholam (2017)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 25 May 2017 (USA)
Haunted by his past and with an uncertain future, Gholam gets involved in the conflict of a total stranger and sees it through to the very end.


Mitra Tabrizian


Mitra Tabrizian (Based on an original idea by), Cyrus Massoudi




Credited cast:
Felix Auer ... Second Man
Tracie Bennett ... Mrs. X
Shahab Hosseini ... Gholam
Nasser Memarzia ... The Quiet Man
Armin Karima ... Arash
Amerjit Deu ... Bal
Sam Shoubber ... Gang Member
Roxy Faridany ... Young woman in cab
Corinne Skinner-Carter Corinne Skinner-Carter ... Mrs. Green
Lewis Allcock Lewis Allcock ... Gang Member
Lee Long Lee Long ... Gang Leader
Behrouz Behnejad Behrouz Behnejad ... Mr. Sharif
Matt Collins Matt Collins ... Gang Member
Colin Adrian Colin Adrian ... Producer in the taxi
Russell Parsi ... Uncle


Haunted by his past and with an uncertain future, Gholam gets involved in the conflict of a total stranger and sees it through to the very end.

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Existential thriller set in the Iranian community in London
11 June 2017 | by andy-lambertSee all my reviews

This is the first feature-film by the acclaimed photographer Mitra Tabrizian. Set in the unfamiliar world of the Iranian community in London, it's a tense, slow-burn thriller featuring Cannes-award-winning actor Shahab Hosseini ('The Salesman', 'A Separation') as an ex-soldier sought out by two secretive Persians for a clandestine mission.

Hosseini's character, Gholam, works at night as a cab driver and, without wishing to give too much away, the film shares a further intriguing connection with Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' in the way that Gholam becomes more interested in getting involved in a complete stranger's plight, rather than taking up the cause of his fellow countrymen. In this way, the film deals with existential issues around what's worth living for, dying for and killing for, making it reach out to viewers way beyond its Iranian context.

The mood of It brings to mind the cool, detached style of the films of Jean-Pierre Melville, such as 'Le Samurai'. Hosseini is a mesmerizing presence as always – he's one of those actors who can convey so much with just a look. It's beautifully photographed and it slowly grips you in a web of despair and atonement. It's an assured debut from Tabrizian who joins the growing ranks of artists making the move into cinema. It'll be fascinating to see where she goes from here.

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London, England, UK


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1.85 : 1
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