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Iran 2016. Dir: Narges Abyar. 112 min. DCP

Author and filmmaker Narges Abyar’s third feature is Iran’s official submission to the upcoming 90th Academy Awards — the country’s first-ever submission by a woman director. Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, during the Iranian Revolution and the beginnings of the Iran-Iraq war, the drama concerns Bahar, a young girl who retreats into daydreams and fantasies in the face of the conflict around her. Abyar’s episodic, visually impressive film employs short animated sequences and intimate voice-over to evoke a child’s perception of reality. “The imaginative world of a 9-year-old girl is superbly captured ... Breath takes its place among memorable Iranian films about childhood from masters like Kiarostami, Panahi, Naderi, and Majidi. Here an insightful woman director’s POV is a welcome plus, along with an astonishing performance by first-timer Sareh Nour Mousavi in the emotion-packed main role” (Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter).



"Handsomely shot, with a lightness of touch ... An affecting scrapbook of moments from a little girl’s life."

Screen Daily | full review