In a country where filmmakers are regularly imprisoned, the act of creating a film is truly brave. Granaz Moussavi shot My Tehran for Sale covertly in her native Iran, focusing on a Tehran actress who, frustrated with the country’s oppressive regime, hopes to escape with her expatriate Iranian-born boyfriend, who is visiting from Australia. The movie captures the city’s underground arts scene by interspersing flashbacks of an illegal concert, poetry reading, and a rave with scenes of the actress’ interrogation by embassy officials. Particularly impressive is the cinematography—especially considering the guerilla nature of it—but ultimately the film falls flat, with poor character development and contrived performances. At the end you won’t feel inspired so much as barraged with clichés and predictable melodrama. But give Moussavi props for getting the film done in the first place.

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