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Genres: Comedy
Actors: Parviz Parastui , Bahram Ibrahimi , Shahrokh Foroutanian , Farideh Sepah Mansour , Maedeh Tahmasebi , Ali Abedini , Rana Azadvar , Bahram Ebrahimi , Cyrus Hemati , Mehran Rajabi , Soheyla Razavi , Sepehr Rezanoor , Reza Saeedi , Naqi Seif-Jamali , Hossein Soleimani
Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Year: 2004
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10 (2899 votes)

Reza is a petty thief who escapes jail by posing as a mullah. When he has to stay in disguise longer than he expected, he accidentally becomes the revered leader of a small-town mosque, bringing people flooding in with his on the hoof sermons featuring sexual innuendo and references to ‘brother’ Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Film Review

Not Iranian, nor Muslim, nor religious, all that makes I'm supposed to have a free open mind to see it, without prejudice, in any way or about… 🙂 What brought me to see Marmoulak ? I don't know : the ways of God are impenetrable ! Kiding, of course, with not offense to anyone…Until now this is my first and only Persian movie I saw…and I enjoyed it a lot : good story, good acting, excellent music…It's a bitter-sweet comedy, about Reza the lizard, his short adventures in jail, and then a (may I call it like that ?) kind of involuntary redemption…Don't expect, if you're like me a western European citizen, to laugh very loudly, but to have a certain smile all along the movie…I mean, following Persian(?) commentaries it seems that depending on your national and cultural background, you will laugh more or less, very loudly…. I didn't… but nevertheless think it is an excellent movie.It doesn't deal with all the stupid clichés one might have…

I, as an Iranian, think this is by far one of the greatest films I have ever seen in my life, and although you may think that I'm bias, I was actually born and raised in the United States. The move was a comedy, yes, it was funny, but that is a very minor element in this film where I think profound Iranian culture, spirituality, and decency was brilliantly portrayed. I have seen this move over 5 times, and each time I watch it, I am refreshed by the moving inspiration and profound subtleties of the film.This movie beautifully depicts the traditional outlook of mullahs (as well as the common traditional believers in Iran), and the universal spirituality of being a true believer. If this movie is merely interpreted as a jest to put down mullahs, or as a pure comical film of the trenches of disguise and deceit, then I feel sorry for that viewer's simplistic view. Well-done to the director for making this masterful film, and I'm sorry for the non-Iranians who will probably onl…


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