The Fifth Reaction
Filmfest 2004

”Five women sit in a restaurant in Tehran and talk about their husbands and their marriages. First, the conversations are quite amusing, but later on we notice that each woman faces serious problems below the thin surface of legal rights granted to women in Iran. Then the story centres on Fereshteh, a young teacher who has just lost her husband. According to tradition, she has to live with her children in the house of her father-in-law, a traditionally minded man. Hence he sees the only possibility for Fereshteh in her marrying the younger brother of her late husband. She refuses and since she is afraid never being able to see her sons again, she embarks on a quest for freedom and independence across the country with her sons. The film debates serious problems of women's rights in Iran, then switches into an exciting action-movie-tone, which is sometimes amusing, sometimes sad. Besides that escape through Iran, logistically backed by the four other women from the beginning, we learn about different views on Iranian society. Even the macho-style father-in-law (in the beginning of the film he sees himself as "the bill") is not completely without second thoughts in the end.” Josef Schnelle, FIPRESCI

tags: Feature film

Cast: Niki Karimi, Jamshid Hashempur, Seyd-Ali Hosseini, Gohar Kheirandish, Ahu Kheradmand


Director: Tahmineh Milani