A Cube Of Sugar (ye Habe Ghand)

Directed by Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi
  • Iran
  • 116 minutes
  • 2011
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The youngest daughter of a large Iranian family, Pasandide (Negar Javaherian), is getting married. The day before the wedding, her sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and grandparents all gather at the family compound of Uncle Ezzatolah (Saeed Poursamimi). The women cook, sew, gossip, and tease; the nephews try to frighten each other with ghost stories; one uncle digs for buried treasure while another worries about bad news from his doctor. In honour of the happy couple, there are presents, music and a lavish feast. Yet before the ceremony can take place, a single sugar cube transforms the event into something quite different.

Director Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi (So Close, So Far) captures the proceedings with imagery that is a celebration in its own right; vibrant with light and colour, sometimes slipping into slow motion as if to linger in the beauty of these moments – some special, some quite ordinary – that make up the fabric of life itself.

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