The mean streets of Tehran are the setting for this gritty morality tale by Nader T. Homayoun
The Star / Jason Anderson

This is not necessarily an unfamiliar place to regular viewers of Iran’s film exports. Indeed, Tehroun — the title of which is a slang term for the city’s slums — has strong echoes of The Circle and Crimson Gold, two urban-oriented dramas by Jafar Panahi, the director whose recent detainment by the regime sparked an outcry in the international film community.

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