The Charmer

(Charmøren)
Denmark/Sweden 2017. Dir: Milad Alami. 100 min. DCP

“Critic’s Pick ... Nail-biting ... The Charmer is a movie of surprises... Alami’s a natural storyteller.”
WESLEY MORRIS, NEW YORK TIMES

“Subtly engrossing, psychologically fraught ... A topical, tightly wound slow-burner.”
GUY LODGE, VARIETY

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Intimacy and immigration make uneasy bedfellows in Iran-born, Denmark-based director Milad Alami's assured feature debut, a potent psychological drama combining elements of the erotic thriller, the social-issue drama, and the Nordic film noir. Esmail (Iranian-Swedish actor Ardalan Esmaili), a handsome Iranian man living in Copenhagen, is adept at meeting women at the upscale wine bar he frequents, but his suave demeanor masks a desperate motive: Esmail is about to be deported, and only a domestic relationship with a Danish citizen will allow him to stay. Esmail’s increasingly urgent efforts at romance take an unforeseen turn when he meets Sara (Danish electronica singer Soho Rezanejad), a posh Persian-Danish woman who’s on to his game but not immune to his charms. Moodily shot by cinematographer Sophia Olsson, this seductive, slow-burning film, the recipient of numerous festival awards, marks director Alami and actor Ismaili as newcomers to watch. In Danish and Farsi with English subtitles.

 

REVIEWS

“Absorbing and intriguing ... It cleverly balances psychological thrills with astute drama, all driven by an engaging central performance by Ardalan Esmaili.”

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