Asghar Farhadi shows people with weaknesses who outgrow themselves – and contrary to the trend, his characters do not have superpowers, but the power of good intentions. Farhadi’s powerful new film “A Hero” is now in cinemas.
Iranian star director Asghar Farhadi makes films that celebrate compassion and human connection in the best possible way: he doesn’t stage quasi-saints, he doesn’t film flat calendar sayings. Instead, in “Nader and Simin” or “The Salesman,” his characters find themselves in the quandary of all-too-human mistakes and the inhumane regime of Iran, while Farhadi looks at them with great warmth, for all their bitterness. There’s such a thing as bad people? This idea is alien to Farhadi.
In his latest drama “A Hero”, Asghar Farhadi tells the story of a man who always wants to do the right thing and thus causes great disaster. And the drama, which received a strong 4 stars in our review, should be one of the best heroic stories of 2022 by the end of the year – we dare to say so much – without any superpowers, Marvel and cloaks.
The story of a tragic hero
Rahim (Amir Jadidi) has big debts and was even in jail because of it. One day rescue is at hand when his girlfriend Nazanin (Sarina Farhadi) finds a bag of gold coins. But Rahim doesn’t pay off his debts with it. Instead, he tries to find the owner of the coins, and to keep Nazanin out of it, he claims he found the bag himself. Rahim wasn’t after fame, but he’s becoming an admired media hero. But the web of lies he’s built without malice soon begins to crumble…
In the conclusion of our review by Michael Meyns it says: “After the Spanish-language dropout ‘Open Secret’, Asghar Farhadi is back to its old form! In his inimitable way, he shows in ‘A Hero’ how a man who always wants to do the right thing, leads himself and those around him onto moral ice by making careless decisions.”